Descriptive Language

See the list below for titles we own in the library, that work well for teaching descriptive and figurative language through examples in literature.

Alliteration:
A my name is Alice, by Jane Bayer
Animalia, by Graeme Base
Aster Aardvark's alphabet adventure, by Steven Kellogg
New nonsense from the north
Some smug slug, by Pamela Duncan Edwards
Various Shel Silverstein poems


Foreshadowing:
Cecil's story, by George Ella Lyon

Grandfather's journey, by Allen Say
The hat, by Jan Brett
How many days to America: a Thanksgiving story, by Eve Bunting
Just plain fancy, by Patricia Polacco
Owl moon, by Jane Yolen
The stranger, by Chris Van Allsburg
Strega Nona, by Tomie DePaola


General descriptive language:
Brave Irene, by William Steig
Fireflies, by Julie Brinkloe
Owl moon, by Jane Yolen
Snowflake Bentley, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon


Hyperbole
American tall tales, by Mary Pope Osborne
Heat wave, by Helen Ketterman
Johnny Appleseed, by Steven Kellogg
A million fish...more or less, by Patricia McKissack
Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, by Adele DeLeeuw
Pecos Bill, by Steven Kellogg
When Sophie gets angry, really really angry, by Molly Bang


Homonyms:
Aunt ant leaves through the leaves: a story with homophones and homonyms, by Nancy Coffelt

Cat tale, by Michael Hall

Chocolate moose for dinner, by Fred Gwynne
How ships play cards: a beginning book of homonyms
The king who rained, by Fred Gwynne
The sixteen-hand horse, by Fred Gwynne


Idioms:
The sixteen-hand horse, by Fred Gwynne
It's raining cats and dogs
It's raining cats & dogs, by Will Moses
Monkey business, by Wallace Edwards



Metaphors:
Encounter, by Jane Yolen

The girl who loved wild horses, by Paul Goble
Knots on a counting rope, by Bill Martin Jr.
Metaphors and similes you can eat, by orel Protopopescu,  (text for teacher use)
See the ocean, by Estelle Condras
Seven blind mice, by Ed Young
The stranger, by Chris Van Allsburg
Tarbeach, by Faith Ringgold
A writing kind of day: poems, by Ralph Fletcher 




Personification:
The caboose who got loose, by Bill Peet
Corduroy, by Don Freeman
The giving tree, by Shel Silverstein
I stink!, by Kate McMullan
Jennifer and Josephine, by Bill Peet
Katy and the big snow, by Virginian Lee Burton
The little house, by Virginia Lee Burton
The little red pen, by Janet Stevens
Shark vs. Train, by Chris Barton
The velveteen rabbit, by Margery Williams


Similes:
The bicycle man, by Allen Say
Diary of a worm, by Doreen Cronin
The girl who loved wild horses, by Paul Goble
Nettie's trip south, by Ann Turner
Quick as a cricket, by Audrey Wood
Seven blind mice, by Ed Young
Storm in the night, by Mary Stolz
A turkey for Thanksgiving, by Eve Bunting
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