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Literature and Language
Literature and Language > figurative language
    At Gleason's Gym
      The story of Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn NY, and the many people who use it. ...
      Author: Lewin, Ted GED Descriptors: literature and arts | social studies
    Autumn
      Autumn, an alphabet book of acrostics with linoleum-cut prints, describes t...
      Author: Schnur, Steven GED Descriptors:
    Birches
      On each page Ed Young illustrates trees and forests and the countryside, in...
      Author: Frost, Robert GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Black Cat
      A black cat explores an urban neighborhood. The stunning illustrations are...
      Author: Myers, Christopher GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Book
      This very simple and stunningly illustrated poem compares a book to a house...
      Author: Lyon, George Ella GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
      This well illustrated book of poetry uses the metaphor of nurturing tea for...
      Author: Thomas, Joyce Carol GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Cloudmakers, The
      In A.D. 751 during a time of war, a Chinese grandfather and grandson have 7...
      Author: Rumford, James GED Descriptors: social studies
    Cool Moonlight, A
      Lila, who has an allergy to sunlight, lives with her disability helped by h...
      Author: Johnson, Angela GED Descriptors:
    Divide, The
      As a young girl in 1893, Willa Cather journeys with her extended family to ...
      Author: Bedard, Michael GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | social studies
    Duke Ellington
      This is the story of one of the greatest musicians and composers of the 20t...
      Author: Pinkney, Andrea Davis GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    ellington was not a street
      The poet lovingly remembers her family's recent history that was filled wit...
      Author: Shange, Ntozake GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Emily Dickinson's Letters to the World
      This introduction to Emily Dickinson's best-known poems also contains biogr...
      Author: Winter, Jeanette GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Flight of the Snow Geese, The
      The 3,000 mile migration of the snow goose from the Artic to New Mexico is ...
      Author: King, Deborah GED Descriptors: social studies | science
    Georgia's Bones
      A biography of the artist Georgia O'Keeffe's early years "celebrates her fa...
      Author: Bryant, Jen GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Here in Harlem
      Walter Dean Myers recreates the Harlem of his youth in poetry and populates...
      Author: Myers, Walter Dean GED Descriptors:
    Home
      Beautifully illustrated by Thomas Locker, the book contains poems and prose...
      Author: Locker, Thomas & Christiansen, Candice GED Descriptors:
    Hoop Kings
      A dozen NBA stars provide the focus for these poems. In endnotes, the autho...
      Author: Smith Jr., Charles R. GED Descriptors:
    Hoop Queens
      This is a collection of 12 poems about stars of the WNBA. An afterword expl...
      Author: Smith Jr., Charles R. GED Descriptors:
    I Live in Music
      Each line of Shange's poem is placed with one of Romare Bearden's paintings...
      Author: Shange, Ntozake GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Into the Deep Forest: With Henry David Thoreau
      Thoreau's journal entries have been placed into a broader context and are a...
      Author: Murphy, Jim GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Jazz ABZ
      Each letter of the alphabet introduces a famous jazz musician in a differen...
      Author: Marsalis, Wynton GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
      These poems that celebrate the insect world were written to be read aloud b...
      Author: Fleischman, Paul GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Katie's Trunk
      This book, which provides a glimpse of the beginnings of the American Revol...
      Author: Turner, Ann GED Descriptors: social studies
    Knock at a Star (Rev. Ed.)
      Subtitled "A Child's Introduction to Poetry," this book is an anthology of ...
      Author: Kennedy. X, & Kennedy, D. (Eds.) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    My Mama Had a Dancing Heart
      In simple poetic language, a ballet dancer recalls how she and her mother w...
      Author: Gray, Libba Moore GED Descriptors:
    My Ol' Man
      Patricia Polacco once again uses her rich family background to tell the sto...
      Author: Polacco, Patricia GED Descriptors:
    Once Upon a Poem: Favorite Poems that Tell Stories
      About a dozen narrative poems are included in this collection. Some will wo...
      Author: Crossley-Holland, Kevin (compiler) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Poet Slave of Cuba, The: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
      This true story of 19th Century Cuban poet Juan Francisco Manzano, who was ...
      Author: Engle, Margarita GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | social studies
    Pond God and Other Stories, The
      This unusual book of one-page pourquoi stories--of how things came to be--f...
      Author: Keyser, Samuel J. GED Descriptors:
    Raising Yoder's Barn
      After a fire destroys Yoder's barn, the Amish community gathers to build a ...
      Author: Yolen, Jane GED Descriptors: social studies
    Relatively Speaking
      Centered around a family reunion, a boy speaks about his older brother, his...
      Author: Fletcher, Ralph GED Descriptors:
    Romare Bearden
      This biography of the multi-talented artist Romare Bearden is vibrantly ill...
      Author: Greenberg, Jan GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Song of the Water Boatman
      Employing varied poetic forms and beautiful woodcut illustrations, the book...
      Author: Sidman, Joyce GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | science
    Soul Looks Back in Wonder, The
      This lavishly illustrated book is a collection of 13 poems by African Ameri...
      Author: Feelings, Tom GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Stone Bench in an Empty Park
      This is a concise introduction to classic and modern haiku poetry with love...
      Author: Paul B. Janeczko GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | language arts - writing
    Sweet Corn
      The poet writes mostly of summer things and illustrates with black pen and ...
      Author: Stevenson, James GED Descriptors:
    Tai Chi Morning: Snapshots of China
      The travel journal and poems of the author and the travel sketches of the i...
      Author: Grimes, Nikki GED Descriptors:
    Tale of Paradise Lost, The
      An exquisitly illustrated prose retelling of John Milton's famous poem ...
      Author: Willard, Nancy GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Taste of Salt
      This gripping novel tells the story of two teenagers in Haiti, Djo, one of ...
      Author: Temple, Frances GED Descriptors:
    To Go Singing Through the World
      The childhood of one of Chile's most famous poets is told through a juxtapo...
      Author: Ray, Deborah Kogan GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Tree Is Older Than You Are, The
      In the introduction to this bilingual anthology of Mexican poems, stories, ...
      Author: Nye, Naomi (comp.) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Twilight Comes Twice
      The author describes in poetic prose the transition from dusk to night and ...
      Author: Fletcher, Ralph GED Descriptors:
    Uptown
      Colorful collage and an easy-reading text belie a very sophisticated tour o...
      Author: Collier, Bryan GED Descriptors:
    Wagon, The
      At the time of Emancipation and Lincoln's death, a young boy, born into sla...
      Author: Johnston, Tony GED Descriptors: social studies
    Waiting for the Evening Star
      This beautifully illustrated book is about Berty, a small boy who lives a h...
      Author: Wells, Rosemary GED Descriptors: social studies
    Water Dance
      Told in a first-person poetic narrative with illustrations that elicit emot...
      Author: Locker, Thomas GED Descriptors: science
    Whales, The
      Part poem and part science lesson, this easy-to-read picture book "celebrat...
      Author: Rylant, Cynthia GED Descriptors: science | language arts - reading
    Winter
      This beautifully illustrated alphabet picture book presents an acrostic poe...
      Author: Schnur, Steven GED Descriptors: language arts - writing | language arts - reading
    Winter Poems
      This collection features 25 poems about different aspects of winter. Sever...
      Author: Rogasky, Barbara (compiler) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Words with Wings
      This riveting collection of paintings, prints, and sculpture by African-Ame...
      Author: Rochelle, Belinda ed. GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    World According to Dog, The
      This is a charming collection of the author's poems and short essays about ...
      Author: Sidman, Joyce GED Descriptors:
    A Rose is a Rose
      Define simile, metaphor and personification by identifying examples of figu...
      Author: Judy Franks GED Descriptors: Language Arts - Reading
Literature and Language > figurative language > acrostic
    Autumn
      Autumn, an alphabet book of acrostics with linoleum-cut prints, describes t...
      Author: Schnur, Steven GED Descriptors:
    Spring: An Alphabet Acrostic
      Description of spring using acrostic poetry and in alphabetical order. Thi...
      Author: Schnur, Steven GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | language arts - writing
    Summer: An Alphabet Acrostic
      Description of summer using acrostic poetry and told in alphabetical order....
      Author: Schnur, Steven GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | language arts - writing
    Winter
      This beautifully illustrated alphabet picture book presents an acrostic poe...
      Author: Schnur, Steven GED Descriptors: language arts - writing | language arts - reading
Literature and Language > figurative language > allegory
    Dreamer, The
      A tale or allegorical story in which an artist creates the earth, sky, wate...
      Author: Rylant, Cynthia GED Descriptors:
    Old African, The
      a beautifully told and illustrated story that, according to the dust jacket...
      Author: Lester, Julius GED Descriptors: social studies
    Pond God and Other Stories, The
      This unusual book of one-page pourquoi stories--of how things came to be--f...
      Author: Keyser, Samuel J. GED Descriptors:
    Riding the Tiger
      This is an allegory that features a bored, lonely 10-year-old's who is offe...
      Author: Bunting, Eve GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | social studies
    Secret-Keeper, The
      This is a fairy tale about Kalli, the secret-keeper, who takes others' secr...
      Author: Coombs, Kate GED Descriptors:
    Sir Gawain & the Green Knight
      The author retells this famous tale of one of the knights of King Arthur's ...
      Author: Morpurgo, Michael GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
Literature and Language > figurative language > flashbacks
    Holes
      This story-within-a-story tells of Stanley Yelnats (and his distant relativ...
      Author: Sachar, Louis GED Descriptors:
    Song of Be
      When Be was a child, she and her mother left their people--the Namibian Bus...
      Author: Beake, Lesley GED Descriptors: social studies
Literature and Language > figurative language > imagery
    Big Talk
      Three poems are presented graphically with four color-coded bars to represe...
      Author: Fleischman, Paul GED Descriptors:
    Black Cat
      A black cat explores an urban neighborhood. The stunning illustrations are...
      Author: Myers, Christopher GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Black Swan White Crow
      The book introduces the reader to Haiku poetry that is accompanied by delic...
      Author: Lewis, J. Patricia GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Blacker the Berry, The
      The author explores all the warm colors of skin tones in delicious to the t...
      Author: Thomas, Joyce Carol GED Descriptors:
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
      This beautifully illustrated collection of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay...
      Author: Schoonmaker, Frances (ed.) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Flight of the Snow Geese, The
      The 3,000 mile migration of the snow goose from the Artic to New Mexico is ...
      Author: King, Deborah GED Descriptors: social studies | science
    Fortune's Bones
      A powerful poem, written in the form of a requiem, recovers the life and re...
      Author: Nelson, Marilyn GED Descriptors: science | social studies
    God Went to Beauty School
      An unusually humorous and poignant collection of poems places God in everyd...
      Author: Rylant, Cynthia GED Descriptors:
    Heavenly Village, The
      This is subtitled "A Novel," but it's really more a loosely connected set o...
      Author: Rylant, Cynthia GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Home of the Brave
      In a dream-like story and illustrations, Allen Say captures the infamy, dis...
      Author: Say, Allen GED Descriptors: social studies
    Hoop Kings
      A dozen NBA stars provide the focus for these poems. In endnotes, the autho...
      Author: Smith Jr., Charles R. GED Descriptors:
    Hoop Queens
      This is a collection of 12 poems about stars of the WNBA. An afterword expl...
      Author: Smith Jr., Charles R. GED Descriptors:
    Hoops
      The author and illustrator capture the feel and movement of playing basketb...
      Author: Burleigh, Robert GED Descriptors:
    In November
      As trees, animals, birds, and insects prepare for winter, people gather in ...
      Author: Rylant, Cynthia GED Descriptors: science
    In the Shadow of No Towers
      Part personal reaction to 9/11 and part history of newspaper comics, this b...
      Author: Spiegelman, Art GED Descriptors: social studies | language arts - reading
    Knock at a Star (Rev. Ed.)
      Subtitled "A Child's Introduction to Poetry," this book is an anthology of ...
      Author: Kennedy. X, & Kennedy, D. (Eds.) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Langston's Train Ride
      This easy-reading picture book focuses on one episode from Langston Hughes'...
      Author: Burleigh, Robert GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Moby-Dick
      Melville's classic tale of Ahab's obsessive hunt for the great white whale ...
      Author: Melville, Herman/Needle, Jan GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Once Upon Ice
      The author and 16 other poets respond in a variety of poetic forms to beaut...
      Author: Yolen, Jane GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    River of Words, A: The Story of William Carlos Williams
      This relatively easy-reading biography of the American poet and doctor, Wil...
      Author: Bryant, Jen GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Shakespeare, His World and His Work
      This book explores the world of William Shakespeare through beautiful illus...
      Author: Rosen, Michael GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Song Shoots Out of My Mouth, The
      This is an exciting collection of vibrantly illustrated poetry about music-...
      Author: Adoff, Jaime GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Spring Thaw
      In this deceptively simple and beautifully illustrated book, the sights and...
      Author: Schnur, Steven GED Descriptors:
    Stone Bench in an Empty Park
      This is a concise introduction to classic and modern haiku poetry with love...
      Author: Paul B. Janeczko GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | language arts - writing
    Sweet Corn
      The poet writes mostly of summer things and illustrates with black pen and ...
      Author: Stevenson, James GED Descriptors:
    Twelfth Night
      This is a narrative retelling of Shakespeare's play. Many of the famous lin...
      Author: Shakespeare, William (retold B. Coville) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
Literature and Language > figurative language > metaphor
    Big Jabe
      This tall tale relates how Jabe helped slaves....
      Author: Nolen, Jerdine GED Descriptors:
    Black Cat
      A black cat explores an urban neighborhood. The stunning illustrations are...
      Author: Myers, Christopher GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Black Swan White Crow
      The book introduces the reader to Haiku poetry that is accompanied by delic...
      Author: Lewis, J. Patricia GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Blacker the Berry, The
      The author explores all the warm colors of skin tones in delicious to the t...
      Author: Thomas, Joyce Carol GED Descriptors:
    Book
      This very simple and stunningly illustrated poem compares a book to a house...
      Author: Lyon, George Ella GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
      This well illustrated book of poetry uses the metaphor of nurturing tea for...
      Author: Thomas, Joyce Carol GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
      This beautifully illustrated collection of poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay...
      Author: Schoonmaker, Frances (ed.) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Heart to Heart
      Contemporary poets create poems in response to works of modern American art...
      Author: Greenberg, Jan (Ed.) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Hoop Kings
      A dozen NBA stars provide the focus for these poems. In endnotes, the autho...
      Author: Smith Jr., Charles R. GED Descriptors:
    Hoops
      The author and illustrator capture the feel and movement of playing basketb...
      Author: Burleigh, Robert GED Descriptors:
    I Dream of Trains
      This is the story of an African-American boy who lives in the South before ...
      Author: Johnson, Angela GED Descriptors: social studies
    Josepha
      A boy narrates the story of his friend and protector, the immigrant young m...
      Author: McGugan, Jim GED Descriptors: social studies
    Knock at a Star (Rev. Ed.)
      Subtitled "A Child's Introduction to Poetry," this book is an anthology of ...
      Author: Kennedy. X, & Kennedy, D. (Eds.) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Leaving and Other Stories, The
      The nine short stories in this collection all feature young people on the b...
      Author: Wilson, Budge GED Descriptors:
    Mississippi Mud: Three Prairie Journals
      Three pioneer children recount their trip across the prairie in a series of...
      Author: Turner, Ann GED Descriptors: social studies
    Moby-Dick
      Melville's classic tale of Ahab's obsessive hunt for the great white whale ...
      Author: Melville, Herman/Needle, Jan GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    My Ol' Man
      Patricia Polacco once again uses her rich family background to tell the sto...
      Author: Polacco, Patricia GED Descriptors:
    My Own True Name
      This partially bilingual collection of uniformly thoughtful and accessible ...
      Author: Mora, Pat GED Descriptors:
    Night Rainbow, The
      Simple poetic verse describes the Aurora borealis or northern lights from t...
      Author: Esbensen, Barbara Juster GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | science
    Now Sheba Sings the Song
      This book consists of one long poem and dozens of sketches of African-Ameri...
      Author: Angelou, Maya GED Descriptors:
    Once Upon Ice
      The author and 16 other poets respond in a variety of poetic forms to beaut...
      Author: Yolen, Jane GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Rabbits, The
      A myth/allegory about rabbits who take over a country and destroy the envir...
      Author: Marsden, John GED Descriptors:
    Song of the Water Boatman
      Employing varied poetic forms and beautiful woodcut illustrations, the book...
      Author: Sidman, Joyce GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | science
    Song Shoots Out of My Mouth, The
      This is an exciting collection of vibrantly illustrated poetry about music-...
      Author: Adoff, Jaime GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Spring Thaw
      In this deceptively simple and beautifully illustrated book, the sights and...
      Author: Schnur, Steven GED Descriptors:
    A Rose is a Rose
      Define simile, metaphor and personification by identifying examples of figu...
      Author: Judy Franks GED Descriptors: Language Arts - Reading
Literature and Language > figurative language > palindromes
    Go Hang a Salami!
      The author has created and illustrated humorous palindromes, or phrases tha...
      Author: Agee, Joh GED Descriptors:
Literature and Language > figurative language > symbolism
    America's White Table
      A simple story about a family's Veterans' Day dinner preparation is used to...
      Author: Raven, Margot GED Descriptors: social studies
    Black Swan White Crow
      The book introduces the reader to Haiku poetry that is accompanied by delic...
      Author: Lewis, J. Patricia GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Butterfly, The
      During the Nazi occupation of France, Monique discovers that her mother is ...
      Author: Polacco, Patricia GED Descriptors: social studies
    Catskill Eagle, A
      The book quotes a few lines from Melville's classic, Moby Dick. T...
      Author: Melville, Herman GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Follow the Drinking Gourd
      Peg Leg Joe travels from plantation to plantation teaching slaves the song ...
      Author: Winter, Jeanette GED Descriptors: social studies
    Fortune's Bones
      A powerful poem, written in the form of a requiem, recovers the life and re...
      Author: Nelson, Marilyn GED Descriptors: science | social studies
    Freedom's Fruit
      Mama Marina, a conjure woman in the Low Country of the Carolinas in the tim...
      Author: Hooks, William GED Descriptors:
    Give Me A Sign
      This colorfully illustrated book explores the universality of the language ...
      Author: Samoyault, Tiphaine GED Descriptors: social studies
    Home of the Brave
      In a dream-like story and illustrations, Allen Say captures the infamy, dis...
      Author: Say, Allen GED Descriptors: social studies
    I Dream of Trains
      This is the story of an African-American boy who lives in the South before ...
      Author: Johnson, Angela GED Descriptors: social studies
    Knock at a Star (Rev. Ed.)
      Subtitled "A Child's Introduction to Poetry," this book is an anthology of ...
      Author: Kennedy. X, & Kennedy, D. (Eds.) GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Langston's Train Ride
      This easy-reading picture book focuses on one episode from Langston Hughes'...
      Author: Burleigh, Robert GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Last Giants, The
      During the days of sailing ships a European gentleman buys a mysterious too...
      Author: Place, Francois GED Descriptors: social studies
    Musicians of the Sun
      This beautifully illustrated book of an Aztec myth of the beginning of the ...
      Author: McDermott, Gerald GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    Mysterious Thelonious
      Chris Raschka has blended musical notes with glorious color to make the rea...
      Author: Raschka, Chris GED Descriptors: language arts - reading
    One Yellow Daffodil: A Hanukkah Story
      Morris Kaplan, a Holocaust survivor, owns a flower shop that two children v...
      Author: Adler, David GED Descriptors: social studies
    Pledge of Allegiance, The
      This book illustrates the phrases in the Pledge of Allegiance with photogra...
      Author: No author cited GED Descriptors: social studies
    Riding the Tiger
      This is an allegory that features a bored, lonely 10-year-old's who is offe...
      Author: Bunting, Eve GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | social studies
    Secret-Keeper, The
      This is a fairy tale about Kalli, the secret-keeper, who takes others' secr...
      Author: Coombs, Kate GED Descriptors:
    This Land is My Land
      By telling his own story in words and in art, Littlefield describes what it...
      Author: Littlechild, George GED Descriptors:
    Through the Mickle Woods
      The king is grieving for his dead wife, but with the help of a wise bear an...
      Author: Gregory, Valiska GED Descriptors:
    Tin Forest, The
      An old man living in a wasteland of scrap metal dreams of a green forest fu...
      Author: Ward, Helen GED Descriptors:
    Veil of Snows, The
      In the absence of her husband who has not returned from battle, the queen p...
      Author: Helprin, Mark GED Descriptors: language arts - reading | social studies
    Wagon, The
      At the time of Emancipation and Lincoln's death, a young boy, born into sla...
      Author: Johnston, Tony GED Descriptors: social studies


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