In her conclusion to ‘Out of the Blue’, author Vanita Oelschlager writes,’ In order to understand a language, you must understand what the idioms in that language mean. If you try to figure out the meaning of the idiom word for word you’re likely to get nowhere – you will get befuddled or confused. You have to know the ‘hidden’ meaning. You need to read between the lines and behind the words.’ (p.19)
I have a son with Asperger’s Syndrome who finds idioms and metaphors a real struggle as a result of his condition which is placed firmly in a very literal world! In the course of his education we have had a lot of fun looking at words and their meanings, and I have come across a variety of similar books. ‘Out of the Blue’ is one of the best that I have seen.
Colourful, literal and humourous, this book explores what are often quite preposterous sayings in a delightful and very funny way. Enjoy!
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.