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About Betsy R. Rosenthal
Betsy Rosenthal is the author of several children’s books. Her first book, My House Is Singing, is a collection of poetry all about things in and around the house. It’s Not Worth Making a Tzimmes Over!, is a story inspired by her son Joel’s baking mishap and the feisty grandmothers Betsy plays badminton with regularly. Her newest book, Which Shoes Would You Choose? follows a little boy named Sherman who tries to figure out which shoes are the right ones for each of his activities. Should he wear tennis shoes in the bathtub? Or roller skates to a fancy restaurant?
In addition to her books for children, Rosenthal has had many essays published in newspapers and magazines, including the Los Angeles Times, the Baltimore Sun, Mothering magazine, The Jewish Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, California Monthly Magazine, and Working Writer.
Rosenthal was a lawyer before leaving that career behind to raise her three children and concentrate on her writing. When her fingers aren’t glued to the computer keyboard, she keeps busy helping students with their college admissions essays, walking with a group of friends up the hills in her Los Angeles neighborhood, playing badminton, reading, traveling and chauffeuring her youngest son around to his various activities.
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This fun-filled romp through the animal kingdom introduces collective nouns for animals through wordplay. Clever rhymes and humorous illustrations bring these collective nouns to life in funny ways, making it easy to remember which terms and animals go together. A glossary in the back matter offers further explanation of words used as collective nouns, such as sleuth meaning "detective."
"This crash course in juxtaposition and imagination should be celebrated with a peal of bells. An inspiring addition to any poetry collection."—starred, School Library Journal
"Cleverness abounds in Rosenthal's latest. . . .The tongue-in-cheek text never falters in its rhythm and rhyme. . . .The illustrations are a perfect match for the text's wit. . . .Collective nouns have never been this much fun."—starred, Kirkus Reviews
From waking up in a cozy bedroom on a chilly morning to exploring a garage full of fascinating junk, this intimate house tour proves there's no place like home.