The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions From Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders
Review by Lauren
source: e-copy from Netgally; physical copy from Blogging for Books; all opinions are my own
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Official Summary: Ella Frances Sanders’s first book, Lost in Translation, captured the imagination of readers with its charmingly illustrated words that have no direct English translation. Now, the New York Times-bestselling author is back with an illustrated collection that addresses the nuances of language in the form of sayings from around the world. From the French idiom “to pedal in the sauerkraut,” (i.e., “to spin your wheels,”) to the Japanese idiom “even monkeys fall from trees” (meaning, “even experts can be wrong”), Sanders presents sayings that reveal the remarkable diversity, humor, and poignancy of the world’s languages and cultures.
Review: I originally got an e-copy of this from Netgalley, but my kindle doesn’t let me see anything in color, so it was hard to really enjoy. Therefore, when Blogging for Books offered the physical copy to review, I jumped on the chance. I’m really glad I did too, because this was an intriguing little book. If you know someone who loves languages, or even traveling, this would be perfect for them. It’s full of sayings from various countries, as well as an English definition of what it means. Along with these sayings, you get some nicely done illustrations that show the saying “acted out” if you will.
|sample from the book – source|
The above saying, in English, is “While swimming, drink water” which is actually an Indonesian phrase. You get the phrase smelled out in the correct language at the top. I love how Sanders includes the saying in its proper language, as well as an English translation on every illustration.
Overall, this was a fun one! It’s a quick read, but it makes you want to keep researching famous sayings from other countries/cultures.