The Early Bird Catches the Worm!

(And Other Strange Sayings)

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

Have you ever wondered where the phrase 'the early bird catches the worm' came from? Well, let's get this show on the road and find out! Learn the meaning and origin of these unusual sayings 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 610
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

  • Ace in the hole
  • Blow off steam
  • Bolt from the blue
  • Brownie points
  • Cold shoulder
  • Cut-and-dried
  • Down the hatch
  • Dressed to the nines
  • The early bird catches the worm
  • Fly off the handle
  • A frog in my throat
  • Get your goat
  • Half the battle
  • Lead you by the nose
  • Lets get this show on the road
  • Mind your Ps and Qs
  • Monkey business
  • Off the deep end
  • Push the envelope
  • Roll with the punches
  • A shot in the dark
  • Smell like a rose
  • Tongue-in-cheek
  • When the cats away
  • 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 Booklist on April 1, 2023

English can be difficult to learn, but this volume in the Understanding Idioms series (12 titles) can also be a reader’s ‘ace in the hole.’ From ‘blow off steam’ to ‘get your goat’ to ‘push the envelope,’ it introduces 24 varied… View →

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