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Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite
Everyone loves a good pun and children will enjoy Once “a Pun” a Time. Children love to tell jokes to parents, friends, and other family members. A pun is a figure of speech that uses similar-sounding words or exploits multiple meanings of a term. Written by Wolf Cub Chlo, the first section of this easy-to-read book provides a question-and-answer style with several examples of puns. The second section of this children’s picture book teaches children—and their parents—how to come up with a pun by using a similar-sounding word or phrase. Children love a good pun or joke that tickles your 'punny bone.' The adorable photographs will draw children into the book, while the puns will keep them entertained.
Puns and jokes encourage children to memorize and recite a series of lines. Often puns are a one-liner that uses a play on words, typically by using words that sound similar but have different meanings. Teachers can use Once “a Pun” a Time as a launchpad for creative writing. There is a place for puns in creative writing. They can also be used to make up names for characters in their creative writing class such as Dr. Peeker, the eye doctor. Wolf Cub Chlo has created a book with several examples of puns that children will enjoy reciting. But, they can also develop their own skill in creating puns and playing with language.
Puns can also serve as a lesson in spelling since puns often use similar-sounding words that have a different spelling. Knight and night sound the same but have very distinct spellings and different meanings. What do you call a knight who is afraid to fight? Sir Render. Oh, surrender. A pun makes people think of what that word should be or how it should be spelled. I think teachers will benefit from this book by giving children some examples of puns and how to make them up. Often, puns start with a question: What do baseball players eat on? Home plates!