Spring 2023

Break a Leg!

(And Other Odd Things We Say)

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

Have you ever told someone to break a leg? What does it mean when you're on pins and needles? Learn the meaning and origin of these unusual phrases 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.

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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
Accelerated Reader® Quiz Pending
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Glossary of key words, Index, Phonetics, Sources for further research, Suggested websites, and Table of contents
Online Resources

  • Break a leg
  • Chew the fat
  • Come to a head
  • Down-to-the-wire
  • Easy as pie
  • Fly-by-night
  • Get into the swing of things
  • Graveyard shift
  • Hit the hay
  • In a nutshell
  • Keep a straight face
  • Knock on wood
  • Like a bump on a log
  • On pins and needles
  • Out of the frying pan and into the fire
  • Pass the buck
  • Play it by ear
  • Pull your leg
  • The real McCoy
  • Sick as a dog
  • Spitting image
  • Sweet tooth
  • Throw in the towel
  • Two cents
  • When in Rome
  • 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.