You're Clean as a Whistle!

(And Other Silly Sayings)

Understanding Idioms
  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

Clean as a whistle! What does that mean exactly? Learn the meaning and origin of this unusual phrase and many more in this engaging, informative book. Colorful, humorous illustrations and clear examples help readers better understand idioms and how to use them. Additional features include a table of contents, a glossary, critical-thinking questions, sources for further research, an introduction to the author and illustrator, and an index.

Wonder Books
Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Fiction
Category Language Arts
Copyright 2023
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Imprint Wonder Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2023-01-01
BISACS JNF029000, JNF052030, JNF016000
Dewey 428.1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 9.5
Lexile 620
Guided Reading Level S
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary of key words, Index, Phonetics, Reviewed, Sources for further research, Suggested websites, and Table of contents
Online Resources

  • The apple of my eye
  • Bark up the wrong tree
  • Between a rock and a hard place
  • Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed
  • By the skin of your teeth
  • Called on the carpet
  • Clean as a whistle
  • Cold feet
  • Crocodile tears
  • A dime a dozen
  • If the shoe fits, wear it
  • Kill two birds with one stone
  • Let your hair down
  • Make a mountain out of a molehill
  • Out of sight, out of mind
  • Paint the town red
  • A picture paints a thousand words
  • A pig in a poke
  • Pull up stakes
  • Put the cart before the horse
  • Read between the lines
  • Selling like hotcakes
  • Stuffed shirt
  • Turn the other cheek
  • A wolf in sheeps clothing
  • Glossary
  • Wonder More
  • Find Out More
  • Index
Author: Cynthia Amoroso

Cynthia Amoroso holds undergraduate degrees in English and elementary education, and graduate degrees in curriculum and instruction as well as educational administration. Cynthia's past roles include teacher, assistant principal, district reading coordinator, director of curriculum and instruction, and curriculum consultant. She has extensive experience in reading, literacy, curriculum development, professional development, and continuous improvement processes. Cynthia enjoys reading, writing, gardening, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Illustrator: Mernie Gallagher-Cole

Mernie Gallagher-Cole is a children's book illustrator living in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She loves drawing every day. Her illustrations can also be found on greeting cards, puzzles, e-books, and educational apps.


A noteworthy review of Understanding Idioms from School Library Journal on April 1, 2023

Out like a light. Play it by ear. Off the hook. Who isn’t curious where these ­silly sayings come from? This extensive series demystifies just about every idiom a young reader can think of. Each phrase is used in a paragraph and given a definition followed by its origin story.… View →

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