by Betsy Rosenthal; illus. by Jago
32 pages; ages 5-8
Millbrook Press, 2015
I love that when you've got a bunch of crows hanging about, they're called a "murder". And a bunch of cattle is a herd. But what if you've got lions? Tigers? Bears?
Betsy Rosenthal takes us on a field trip into the wilds of "collective nouns" - the names by which you call groups of things. And she does it delightfully in rhyme that is matched with Jago's imaginative illustrations.
"Does a tower of giraffes
way up high
spy a raft of otters
We leap with leopards, shiver with sharks, and meet a "sleuth of bears hot on a case". But what would you call it when all of these animals are invited to a party?
What I love is the back matter: a glossary that defines each word and allows room for imagination. Why would a group of porcupines be called a "prickle"? A bunch of giraffes a "tower"?
If you like to collect names for things, check out more collective nouns for animals. Then think about what you would call groups of people. The group of folks who govern our town is called a council, while a bunch of scouts is a troop. What would you call a bunch of musicians? You can find collective nouns for people here. What about things like boats and planes? Check out this list.