Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Big Words for Little People
"It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is soporific."
Now soporific is quite the word to chew on, and I suspect that many adults aren't exactly sure of its meaning. Luckily, Potter was at heart a reading specialist because in her next two sentences she provides a context clue and then repeats the unfamiliar word, reinforcing its meaning.
"I have never felt sleepy after eating lettuce; but then I am not a rabbit. They certainly had a very soporific effect on the Flopsy Bunnies!"
Bravo, Ms. Potter!
Yes, Mr. Ungerer, it certainly is.