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Icing on the Cake: Food Idioms (Bilingual Multicultural) - eBook

A Multicultural eBook of English Food Idioms with Idiom Definitions and Examples
eBook: Common Food Idioms with Meanings & Example sentences. Diverse Settings From Around the World!
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Icing on the Cake: English Food Idioms (Bilingual Multicultural) - eBook

Author: Troon Harrison
Illustrator: Joyeeta Neogi

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Why would you spill the beans?
What does it mean to use your noodle?

Idioms can be confusing, but they help you to understand English and are a lot of fun to learn!

With idiom meanings, example sentences, and clever illustrations depicting scenes and characters from around the world, this multicultural book explains common food idioms in a way that makes them easy to understand. It's a perfect book to teach students in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms!

The book, part of the Language Lizard Idiom Series, is available as an English-only or bilingual book. Bilingual editions offer the meaning and literal translation of each idiom in a second language to support English language learners.

Icing on the Cake
includes bonus material to promote culturally responsive teaching and language learning, such as links to:
  • English audio of the book
  • Lesson plans that teach idioms while exposing children to other cultures
  • Fun idiom activities for use in the classroom or home
  • Information about the history of the idioms in the book
  • Additional food idioms with their meanings and history

32 pages.
If you are interested in purchasing the paperback edition of this book, please visit this link.


Children and English language learners will be grinning from ear-to-ear as they make their way through this engaging set of books about idioms! The Language Lizard Idiom Book Series is a multicultural series consisting of four books, each themed by topic: colors, food, nature, and animals. Readers are not only introduced to a variety of idiomatic expressions, but through helpful examples and beautiful illustrations, they also learn how to correctly use each of the phrases in their everyday lives.

As a Teacher of 21 years, I can honestly say, it is difficult to teach idioms to kids of all ages, regardless of their native language. These books are a teacher's dream come true! Not only are the linked resources and audio super helpful, but the bright, eye-catching colors and diverse set of cultures and people represented in this series, make it a #1 pick for teachers everywhere. Thank you for helping me reach more students and for making my lessons more enjoyable!

I highly recommend the Language Lizard Idiom Book Series to teachers, parents, and English-language learners of all ages. From the youngest to the most experienced, readers will have a whale of a timediscovering new phrases and expressions, while turning pages with laughter and joy. The books are fun to read, easy to understand, and appropriate for any educational setting. Without hesitation, I rate this series 5 out of 5 stars. They would make a great addition to any home or classroom library, and I'm confident you, too, will feel the same.
- Tara Brown, ESL, English, and Spanish Teacher (Michigan)

These books are highly recommended to foster and develop common English phrases that cause confusion for multilingual learners in a meaningful, relatable, and relevant format.
- Robyn Dalley, Title III Instructional Coach (Georgia)
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Teaching resources available with all Language Lizard idiom books support multicultural learning.
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Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 5 Write a review.

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5 of 5 Windows and Mirrors March 18, 2021
Reviewer: Mary Karen Engel from St. Louis, Mo  
I am very thoughtful in the choices I make for my classroom library. I want all my students to learn about others and to recognize themselves in the characters of our books. These illustrations are fantastic. Children will see characters in  all different settings experiencing the same things and learning the idioms used to describe them. Very clear definitions and examples that are quite helpful to a student learning English and all  children.

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4 of 5 Great resource for all January 29, 2021
Reviewer: Danielle Hammelef from Michigan  
As someone who has personally been asked by my Japanese friends what some English idioms mean, I see this book as a great help to explain in both text and bright illustrations the meaning behind the phrases. I smiled at some of the humor in both text and art and enjoyed seeing many different cultures represented in the book.

Some of the examples relied more on the visuals to explain the idioms and a few had examples I wished had been stronger. This book has links for English audio of the text, lesson plans for teachers and parents, more food idioms to understand, as well as translations in other languages. Overall, this book and the resources provided are highly recommended for everyone, even those who are native English speakers. Idioms are not always easily understandable in context for everyone and this book will generate more conversations about how these phrases can be used personally.

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5 of 5 Icing On The Cake is a treasure! January 25, 2021
Reviewer: Jandy R., Early Childhood Educator from SPED & Bilingual Professional Development  
I’m so thrilled that Multicultural Children Book Day (multiculturalchildrensbookday.com) has given me the opportunity to do a formal review on Children books. And even more so to have been matched with a book that will be of significant help for bilingual children as well as those who have been diagnosed with Autism.

Can you imagine how difficult it is for English Language Learners to hear words that they know the meaning of, but still do not understand? And how confusing it is for a child with Autism whose absence of pragmatic language makes them understand everything literally? When children are faced with language barriers, it affects their participation in school, as well as their social life development. Not grasping what everybody else is understanding, affects their self-esteem and their confidence.

“Icing on the cake” by Troon Harrison, is a book about Idioms that refers to food, phrases that literally say one thing, but they mean something completely different. Phrases that are commonly used in the everyday English language. For example: “Two peas in a pod” meaning two people who are very similar. This book is the perfect idiom “Dictionary” for this audience.  The book is not limited to Spanish Bilingual children, you can also find it in English-only editions, as well as in 9 other different languages. ( Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Telugu, and Vietnamese.)

This book also contains very vivid illustrations by Joyeeta Neogi, and I must mention there is an evident effort in representing a variety of cultures and diversity throughout the pages. Language Lizard (languagelizard.com) is the company behind the book. It is a woman owned small business on a mission to provide resources that will help teachers create culturally responsive classrooms, where students of all backgrounds feel welcome, respected and

“Icing on the cake” is a treasure in the bookshelf, every Bilingual, ELL and Special Education teacher must have one available, as well as the parents to those children who fall into these groups.

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5 of 5 Icing On The Cake - great for children of all ages December 7, 2020
Reviewer: Jillian N.  
I read this book aloud to my three daughters -- ages 9, 12 and 17 -- and each of them learned new idioms! The girls had lots of fun guessing what the idioms meant before I read the definitions aloud. The artwork is beautiful as well as sophisticated making the book of interest to children of ALL ages. I can't wait to read the other books in the series to my girls.

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5 of 5 Language Lizard Idiom books are essential! December 2, 2020
Reviewer: Elisa S., Associate Professor - Rutgers University from Grad. School of Applied & Professional Psychology  
Now more than ever, educators, parents, and the general public need access to engaging, content rich, inclusive stories that illustrate crucial multicultural concepts. The Language Lizard Idiom Series delivers all of that and more through its unique focus on teaching English idioms using stunning illustrations combined with English sentences to provide additional contextual cues. The bilingual versions available to English language learners provide an unprecedented opportunity for caregivers and children to read together and build literacy skills in English and the primary language spoken by the family. The Language Lizard Idiom Series is essential for anyone interested in infusing best practices in multicultural education into language arts curriculum.

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