E.M. Kirkpatrick
Call Number
398.921 KIR

Proverbs, or traditional sayings, are concise yet witty. They also convey underlying advice and wisdom, for example, ‘Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’ and ‘when one door shuts, another opens.’

Presented in a reader-friendly style, this handy guide is a collection of common proverbs listed alphabetically. Each proverb contains a short explanation of its meaning, origin, followed by examples of how they are used.

What is unique are the cross-references that the author highlights for proverbs with similar or opposite meanings. For example, ‘Many hands make light work’ is similar to ‘Two heads are better than one’ but is opposite in context to ‘too many cooks spoil the broth’.

Because knowledge is power, the book also includes text passages and exercises for readers to enrich their comprehension. All in all, this is an informative, entertaining and valuable resource reference for both students and adults.

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Recommended by Norlin Naim, NLB librarian.

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