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Muddy as a Duck Puddle and Other American Similes
by Laurie Lawlor
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Muddy as a Duck Puddle and Other American Similes by Laurie Lawlor
Lawlor, Laurie.  (2009) Muddy As a Duck Puddle And Other American Similes.  Illustrated by Ethan Long. Holiday House.

For more information about this book and curriculum connections, locate the April 2010 issue of Library Sparks for the "In the Spotlight" column featuring  Muddy as a Duck Puddle and Other American Similes.  Column written by Sharron L. McElmeel

Collect similes and record them in a notebook.  Try to locate (or invent) the back-story for each of the similes you collect.

Identify similes and discuss what each of the similes mean.  Write an explanation that tells the back-story of the selected phrase.
1.    Snug as a bug in a rug
2.    Sweet as apple pie
3.    Filthy as a pigsty
4.    Like a three-ring circus
5.    Proud as a peacock
6.    Silent as a cemetery
7.    Explosive as a volcano
8.    Wise as an owl
9.    Muddy as a marsh
10.    Light as a jockey
11.    Sour as vinegar
12.    Like a ship on a stormy sea
13.    Wild as a runaway bulldozer
14.    As easy as ABC
15.    Deaf as a haddock
16.    Water like the sun
17.    Playing the piano is like a bird soaring in the sky
18.     Slept like a log
19.    Busy as a beaver
20.    Fits like a glove
21.    Runs like a deer
22.    Chatters like a monkey
23.    Moves like a snail
24.    Sits there like a bump on a log
25.    Cats like a pig
26.    Swims like a fish
27.    Stood out like a sore thumb
28.    Fought like cats and dogs
29.    Eyes like a hawk
30.    Takes it like a man
31.    Sings like a bird
Using the stem of the similes Laurie Lawlor has used in her collection, write your own version of the simile.  
1.    Alike as...
2.    Busy as...
3.    Crooked as...
4.    Dark as...
5.    Easy as...
6.    Fine as...
7.    Gritty as...
8.    Happy as...
9.    Independent as...
10.    Jittery as...
11.    Keen as...
12.    Lazy as...
13.    Muddy as...
14.    Nimble as...
15.    Ornery as...
16.    Pretty as...
17.    Quick as...
18.    Red as...
19.    Safe as...
20.    Tight as...
21.    Ugly as...
22.    Vain as...
23.    Welcome as...
24.    X-eyed as...
25.    Yellow as...
26.    Zany as...







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