The Sun Played Hide-And-Seek: A Personification Story

illus. by Carol Crimmins. 32p. Millbrook. Oct. 2017. Tr $26.65. ISBN 9781467726481.
K-Gr 2—Grasping language concepts can often be a frustrating experience for young ones. This title takes the idea of personification and makes it understandable and accessible. The story centers around a girl who must research and present a report to her class on nonhuman things with human characteristics. She understands her topic but she's just not sure how she will explain it to her peers. A walk through the park fills the student with plenty of ways to convey her topic. From waltzing daffodils to a whispering breeze to a coughing lawn mower, her head is suddenly filled with examples. The entire class ends up taking an impromptu field trip to discover even more wonderful demonstrations of personification.
VERDICT This work is sure to engage primary-grade students with its simple yet instructive story line and delightful illustrations. A good choice for classroom use as well as pleasure reading.

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