Quick as a Cricket (1982), written by Audrey Wood and illustrated by Don Wood is a cute little book. It’s been around forever. I’ve actually had it since the late 90’s when Sam & Dakota were little, but was not a teacher at the time, so, of course, I didn’t think about using it to teach similes and metaphors.
I read this book to my class. We are working on metaphors and similes, so this book came in very handy. The whole book is full of metaphors and similes. Once I read it, the students totally got the idea of similes and metaphors.
I took this review directly from Amazon.com. I was going to write a review of this book, but this just summed up exactly what I wanted to say.
“I’m as quick as a cricket, I’m as slow as a snail. I’m as small as an ant, I’m as large as a whale.” Parents and teachers choose this big square book for the message of self-confidence. Toddlers love it for the singsong phrases and Don Wood’s large, silly, endearing illustrations, which feature a boy mimicking different kinds of animals. At one point, he is pictured sipping tea formally with a fancy poodle (“I’m as tame as a poodle”) and on the very next page he is swinging through trees (“I’m as wild as a chimp”). Whether brave or shy, strong or weak, in the end the young boy celebrates all different, apparently contradictory parts of himself. With a confident grin, he lifts his arms up and declares, “Put it all together and you’ve got ME!”
I found a site that had a crossword puzzle to go with this book. Here is the link.