Aunt Ant Leaves Through the Leaves

Written and Illustrated by Nancy Coffelt

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This book has a cute way of introducing homophones and homonyms to second graders through a story about a monkey who needs help getting his bananas home to make a pie.  He then approaches other animals, such as Aunt Ant, who can’t help, and Bee, who has other things to do until finally he gets all the animals to help him. The story is a modern version of The Little Red Hen. Throughout the book, the author introduces clever ways to use many different combinations of homophones and homonyms in the story to help students understand the multiple meanings of the words.

Aunt Ant Leaves Through the Leaves has bright, bold illustrations that will be appealing to children, and as homophones and homonyms are introduced in the story, the words are in bold, which is helpful in teaching. There are also two reference pages in the back of the book that list all the homophones and homonyms in the story with instructions on how to use these properly and how to pronounce them.

The author, Nancy Coffelt, has a website where you can find information about her at

  • Aunt AntTitle: Aunt Ant Leaves through the Leaves
  • Author and Illustrator: Nancy Coffelt
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Reviewer: Rebecca L. Wagner
  • Hardback: 31 pages
  • ISBN: 978-0-8234-2353-8
  • Genre: Fiction-English Language

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