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Focused Reading Skills
Readership Targeted Lists
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A Turkey for Thanksgiving
("pressed leaves, thin and pale as new ice on a pond")
The Winter Wren
("spring rolled before them like a big green wave")
Amber on the Mountain.
A Surfeit of Similes.1/I> (poetry)
Kesey, Ken. Little Tricker the Squirrel Meets Big Double the Bear.
Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story
(Many wonderful, fanciful similes, such as "a mountain as big as hurt feelings," and "muscles hard as wisdom.")
Sam and the Tigers.
Like Butter on Pancakes.
The Night Before Christmas
("as dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly" etc.)
My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks and Other Funny Family Portraits
My Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil and Other Funny Classroom Portraits
The Faithful Friend.
The talking eggs.
Captain Snap and the Children of Vinegar Lane.
Storm in the Night
(many per page: voice like a tuba, face like cracked ice, many examples of personification included)
Mad as a Wet Hen.
Hide and Seek Fog
("the fog twisted about the cottages like slow-motion smoke")
Van Allsburg, Chris.
Quick as a Cricket.
The Emperor and the kite.
("whiter than the milk in the cereal bowl")
Seven Blind Mice
("sturdy as a pillar, supple as a snake, wide as a cliff...")
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