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Butterflies in my Stomach and Other School Hazards
Explaining the often-confused rhetorical devices of simile, metaphor and idiom to young learners can be a tricky task… but this clever little book might help to make things a touch easier. The story follows a boy through his first day at school, with a different cliché on every page, each of which he interprets literally – from the moment he gets up on the wrong side of the bed, to his arrival back home, when he is as happy as a puppy with two tails. Share the hilarious images with your class, then get the children to pick out metaphors and similes in their favourite books; compile a list of the most common idiomatic expressions in the playground; and come up with their own funny illustrations for metaphorical phrases, which their classmates can try to guess.