Month by month a year goes round

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Dutton Children's Books, Sep 1, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 20 pages
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Bursting with catchy rhymes and vibrant illustrations, these two sturdy-stock picture books are the perfect way to introduce young children to the days of the week and the months of the year. Knowing the names of the days and months can help children feel more comfortable with their family, day-care, and preschool schedules. The rhythmic, child-oriented text repeats the names in clever fashion, to make learning effortless and fun.Designed to give the feeling of joy and motion, each spread concentrates on a different day or month'from the ?scrunching, crunching? snow-filled cold of January and February to the ?sizzle and pop? of July and August; from the ?rise and shine? hurry of Monday to the ?yawns and giggles? of Sunday. Young children will see how their own families, friends, and activities make each day and month special.

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Month by Month a Year Goes Round by Carol Diggory Shields has many examples of figurative language. This story features a lot of rhyme such as “swing and spring, tracks and backs, and breeze and trees.” The effect of this figurative language is it makes the story more kid-friendly. Another example of figurative language used in the story is imagery. “July and August pop and sizzle,” makes the reader imagine all the sparklers and fireworks that go on in the summer. This is also an example of onomatopoeia. An example of alliteration used in the story is “drip drop drip”, which is also onomatopoeia. Alliteration can almost make any story more fun to read. There is also use of personification used in the story. “The days go dancing one by one” tells the reader how the days just fly by. It is important for the author to use figurative language in this story because it makes the readers understand people can do different activities no matter what month it is.
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About the author (1998)

True Kelley has illustrated many books for children, including Stay! Keeper's Story by Lois Lowry. She lives with children's author Steven Lindblom and their daughter, Jada, in Warner, New Hampshire.

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