Brian P. Cleary
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  Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What are Similes and Metaphors?
written by Brian P. Cleary
illus. by Brian Gable
Millbrook Press / Lerner
grades 2 to 5
  Also available from the publisher as a multi-user e-book, interactive book, and Audisee® eBook with Audio
Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk:
What are Similes and Metaphors?

Are you as clever as a fox? Or perhaps you’re as sharp as any spike? If so, this book will be a piece of cake!

Clever rhymes and humorous illustrations present similes and metaphors. When it comes to grammar, this team is not as slow as thick molasses. Oh no, they’re as bright as polished pennies!

Each simile and metaphor is printed in color for easy identification in this gem of a book.

Read it aloud and share in the delight of the sense—and nonsense—of words.


“Large pen-and-ink illustrations feature cartoon cats rendered in bold, vibrant colors. The style is fun and inviting. The text, which appears in an oversize, whimsical font, is spare, ranging from 9 to 15 words per page. Large pictures and uneven placement of the text keeps the tone playful. Students will enjoy the unstructured, fluid layout, which reads more like a picture book than a language primer.” (School Library Journal)

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