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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Paperback: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (July 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823422488
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823422487
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,822 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2—Rufus, a spunky fox in suspenders, rudely startles his friend Babette, a lamb, by roaring "like…a lion." She gets "mad…as a hornet" and chases him, and he eventually leads her to her surprise birthday party. Leedy relates this narrative entirely through similes. Her illustrations emphasize the comparisons as each protagonist is amusingly transformed from one object into another. Children may participate by guessing the upcoming change at each page turn. Apart from the main narrative, animal spectators offer up alternative descriptions of events as they unfold. Leedy includes an explanation of this figure of speech and an invitation for readers to create their own similes. Her vivid illustrations, filled with movement and wide-eyed creatures, will entertain readers. A pleasing addition to any collection.—Jayne Damron, Farmington Community Library, MI
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Her illustrations emphasize the comparisons as each protagonist is amusingly transformed from one object into another...A pleasing addition to any collection. --School Library Journal

Not everyone can take the most well-known and cliched similes in the English language and turn them into a story that will hold the interest of young readers, but Leedy has done just that. --Kirkus Reviews

The similes dance all over the pages of this colorfully illustrated book... An explanation of similes is given as the book opens and there are suggestions for kids to create new similes. --Children's Literature

Her illustrations emphasize the comparisons as each protagonist is amusingly transformed from one object into another...A pleasing addition to any collection. --School Library Journal

Not everyone can take the most well-known and cliched similes in the English language and turn them into a story that will hold the interest of young readers, but Leedy has done just that. --Kirkus Reviews

The similes dance all over the pages of this colorfully illustrated book... An explanation of similes is given as the book opens and there are suggestions for kids to create new similes. --Children's Literature

Her illustrations emphasize the comparisons as each protagonist is amusingly transformed from one object into another...A pleasing addition to any collection. --School Library Journal

Not everyone can take the most well-known and cliched similes in the English language and turn them into a story that will hold the interest of young readers, but Leedy has done just that. --Kirkus Reviews

The similes dance all over the pages of this colorfully illustrated book... An explanation of similes is given as the book opens and there are suggestions for kids to create new similes. --Children's Literature

*"The brilliantly colored digital illustrations cleverly depict the similes....As welcome as springtime to teachers, aspiring writers and any who appreciate wordplay." (Kirkus Reviews (starred review) )

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It made teaching similes easy.
Kelli Allen
The grandkids loved this book, particularly the 4 year old, and wanted me to read it over and over, and seemed to understand the humor too.
Ron Soderquist
I would recommend this book for 1st and 2nd grade students!
Amanda Rose

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on July 1, 2010
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I am an elementary school teacher and have been teaching similes for years, but never so successfully as I have since buying this book. The kids really love it! The cartoonish pictures are humorous and give kids a visual to remember each simile. Reading this book helps build vocabulary and descriptive language. I had to explain some of the similes but the kids loved it so much they begged to read it on their own during silent reading. Toward the end of the year, some students even started using similes when writing their creative stories. This is one of the best educational books ever and I wish I would have found it years ago.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 28, 2009
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This book is about a fox named Rufus and a sheep named Babette, who Rufus is chasing, yet who is catching whom?

Cleverly written, this story follows the tale of two critters with many encounters and a surprise ending.

My son gives it his Third Grader's Seal of Approval as he says he learned many expressions while laughing all the way. Excellent for story time as well as independent reading, with great artistic pictures, this is a gift-worthy book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By educator on July 10, 2011
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This book lends itself to enhancing students' knowledge and skills in using figurative language. The colorful pictures attract my second language learners, who are also from low socio-economic communities, with limited background knowledge. My students love the book, and often ask me if they could borrow it. The first couple of weeks I took the book to my class, I encouraged them to read in pairs so one of them could guess the phrase on the next page. When I read the book to my five year old son, he just couldn't have enough. For a couple of days he read it aloud several times, carrying it all around the house. My son and students feel validated whenever they guess the right word or phrases that complete the simile. I am actually thinking of buying more copies to distribute to kids.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on October 14, 2011
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This story is hard to read, due to the way the simile starts on one page, then has MANY interruptions by other similes, then after the page turns, the simile is concluded.

It is hard to follow the main story line, especially for children who are big enough to read for themselves, but too little to sort out the order of the main story.

We prefer the book "My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks" by Hanoch Piven.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Lynn on April 30, 2011
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This book is fantastic for teaching similes. I highly recommend having the students study the pattern in the book and then attempt their own (they could even work with a partner/small group). Very cute!
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By Hermione on January 12, 2013
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My four year old daughter loves this book. As another reviewer said, the text can be hard to read because 1 simile starts, then the page is filled with other similes in small text, and then the first simile finishes on the next page. I've found reading it is more enjoyable for me if I read the similes in small text first, then read the simile in the large text all at once. The pictures are really wonderful and show the animal changing with each simile. For example "as noisy as a herd of elephants" is paired with a lot of animals drawn with elephant trunks. The book has also inspired my daughter to invent her own similes, so it's very educational.
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By Laurie on April 19, 2014
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It really helped my students understand the difference between a metaphor and a simile (I also used You're Toast). While I didn't find it as effective as "You're Toast, it conveyed the idea. Add Love That Dog + Hate That Cat (Sharon Creech) and you'll have your kiddos finding literary devices in their own independent reading.
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By Firery Red on November 28, 2014
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So much is going on in this book. We've started with just reading the main line on each page. Then periodically reading some of the other lines on the pages. Sometimes we just flip through and look at the pictures. My 4 and 2 yr old enjoy it.
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I've been writing and illustrating picture books for children for over twenty-five years. Though I majored in art in college, at the time I wasn't sure what kind of artist to be. Fortunately, it turned out that combining words and art to create picture books was a perfect career for me. Most of my books center around a particular topic such as fractions, the solar system, writing, and other math, science, and language arts curriculum content. The characters and story lines help to put the subject matter into a meaningful context for young readers.

After growing up mostly in Delaware, I moved to central Florida in the mid 1980s and currently live with my husband Andy on a three acre property with hawks, herons, and horses (the horses live next door.) We love the rustle of the pine needles in the breeze, the screeching of sandhill cranes flying overhead, and the chattering of many small birds that come and go as they please.

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