Cool as a Cucumber

And Other Expressions about Food

From the Series It's Just an Expression

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

In a pickle. Apple of my eye. Take the cake. Have you ever heard these crazy expressions? People use them even when no pickles, apples, or cakes are around! That’s because these sayings are idioms—phrases that mean something different from what the words in them actually say. But don’t let idioms leave you with egg on your face. Let’s explore a variety of food-related idioms and figure out what people really mean when they use them.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Copyright 2013
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.2
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF029000, JNF028000, JNF014000
Dewey 428.1
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 10
Lexile 790
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 4.5
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 152855
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Bridget Heos

Bridget Heos is the author of 13 young adult nonfiction books and the Expecting Animal Babies picture books. Prior to being a children's book author, she wrote for several newspapers and magazines, including The Christian Science Monitor, The Kansas City Star, and Missouri Lawyers Weekly. Bridget lives in Kansas City with her husband and three sons.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

It's Just an Expression

It’s Just an Expression explores the meaning and origin of common idioms in the English language, from “batting a thousand” to “bring home the bacon.” The series’ dual-level approach makes the books perfect for both striving readers as well as advanced learners looking… View available downloads →


School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“The pages are well designed, and the texts are lively. Since many of the idioms have mathematical, historical, or scientific connections, this series may be used across curriculums, with plenty of opportunities for writing activities.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple