Onomatopoeia – Part 1


First a definition.  Onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the action it describes.  Currently, it’s on my mind.  I agreed to help with the Poetry Celebration at ML’s school.  It involves creating a display, selecting poems for “Pocket Poems” and finding judges for the students’ poetry.  From student poetry submissions, standout poems are chosen and published in a book created through Lulu.  This book is available for check-out in the library and purchase.

Poetry pops when descriptive words are used… the most descriptive words are often onomatopoeic.  The following books succinctly define onomatopoeia.  Then, provide lots of examples.

If You Were Onomatopoeia by Trisha Speed Shaskan and illustrated by Sara Gray – I love how this colorful, fun book shows how dogs bark in English:  Woof! Woof! in Spanish:  Guav! Guav! and Japanese:  Wan! Wan! I learned other things.  Who knew a bullfrog says Jug-A-Rum?

A Mouthful of Onomatopoeia by Bette Blaisdell – This book is divided into short “chapters” with clear, colorful photographs.  Each page spread is a chapter focusing on different types of onomatopoetic word…animal chatter, water fun, get moving, open wide, two by two, what did you say, surprise, near the pond, catch a cold, things that to, dig in, here birdie birdie.

What’s your favorite onomatopoetic word?  Here’s some ideas:  choo choo, ker-plunk, honk, swish, twirl, cuckoo, gobble, crunch, crack, chomp, squeak, zip, grrr, snort, snap, squirt, trickle, click, smooch, jingle-jangle, blurt, hiccup, zoom, screech, whack, crackle…

3 thoughts on “Onomatopoeia – Part 1

  1. Dear Kerri,
    Thanks for highlighting my book! What a fun post! Lately, my least favorite onomatopoetic words are plop, ker-plunk, and ker-plonk, which are the sounds of big wet snowflakes and snow mounds falling from the sky, rooftops, and trees! This winter, we’ve had way too much snow and too many cold days in MN! I look forward to the plink and plonk of rain! 🙂

    • Even in North Carolina we’ve missed far too many days of school for inclement weather. It was almost 70 on Sunday. And sleet on Monday evening. Early dismissal on Monday and no school Tuesday because of icy roads. I may never have a vacation again. All my time off is being used for weather issues. What word would you use to describe sleet?

  2. Pingback: Onomatopoeia – Part 2 | What is ML Reading?

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