Similes and Metaphors
by Ann Heinrichs
The key to making literacy more exciting is finding ways to liven up the written word. Students will be amazed to see how certain figures of speech can add creativity to the simplest of sentences. Discover how similes and metaphors can paint vivid pictures that are sure to make both reading and writing more pleasurable.
Table of Contents
- When a Bear is Like a Ballerina
- As White As snow
- Like a Log
- Long similes
- More similes
- Simile Jokes
- My Mind's a sponge
- Swim Like a fish and Eat Like a Pig
- Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
- How to Learn More
- Dewey: 428.1
- Graphics: Full-color illustrations
- Reinforced book (9781602534346): 9.5 x 8, 24 pages, © 2011
- Hosted ebook (9781614739319): 9.5 x 8, 24 pages, © 2013
- Subject: Language Arts
- Series: Language Rules!
A Review of "Language Rules!" in Library Media Connection
Reviewed on 1 March 2011
This impressive series tackles the usually humdrum mechanics of grammar using fun examples, silly sentences, and cute little monster artwork. Each book asks the ‘What is it?’ question, and after a brief example and definition, develops the part of speech through examples and exceptions. The parts of speech are highlighted by a rainbow of colors, making them easily distinguished from other words. Content does overlap in certain situations, such as the possessive forms of words which are found in the adjective and punctuation books. While the books don’t cover everything, they are perfect for young children. Through humor and clear and concise examples and sometimes mysterious world of grammar becomes so much easier to understand. Illustrations complement the text well, with silly characters in bright and lively colors speaking sentences using the parts of speech. Glossary. Websites. Index.
A Review of "Language Rules!" in School Library Journal
Reviewed on 1 December 2010
Heinrichs has taken her ‘The Magic of Language’ series (2004), geared to grades 3-6, and packaged it for the lower elementary grades. The books are well organized and attractive, and inject humor into what might otherwise be fairly dry subjects. The font is large and changes appropriately in terms of boldness and color to create emphasis. The brightly colored cartoon illustrations are amusing and clearly demonstrate whatever part of speech is being explored. A purple-and-green monster levitates off his chair after spotting a mouse beneath it in Interjections—‘Eeek!’—while a smiling elephant being hoisted in the air by balloons declares, ’I’m as light as a feather’ in Similes. The humor packed into the artwork will make these books attractive to browsers, not just teachers looking for material to reinforce their lesson plans. Between this series and Brian P. Cleary’s fine titles, the 400s may get some action.
Author: Ann Heinrichs
Ann Heinrichs grew up in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She began playing the piano at age three and thought she would grow up to be a pianist. Instead, she became a writer. She is the author of more than seventy books for children and young adults on Asian, African, and U.S. history and cultures, as well as natural history subjects. Ann has also written numerous newspaper, magazine, and encyclopedia articles. She is an award-winning martial artists, specializing in t'ai chi empty-hand and sword forms. Ms. Heinrichs now lives in Chicago.
Illustrator: Dan McGeehan
Dan McGeehan has been a freelance illustrator for fifteen years. During that time his art has appeared on many magazines, in many children's books, and under a lot of scrutiny all around the world. He currently lives in Oklahoma with his wife, their two daughters, and everybody's two cats.
Illustrator: David Moore
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