Monthly Archives: July 2015

Fireflies in July


Hello Inksters!

We’ve enjoyed so many imaginative books so far this summer. One of them is Firefly July, a collection of poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko website. The title poem, written by J. Patrick Lewis, is especially creative:

When I was ten, one summer night,

The baby stars that leapt

Among the trees like dimes of light,

I cupped, and capped, and kept.

In this poem, fireflies are described as

“baby stars that leapt

Among the trees like dimes of light.”

Just in these two lines of poetry, the poet uses metaphor and simile to help us imagine the fireflies. Writers use METAPHORS and SIMILES to create descriptive comparisons that help readers imagine vividly as they read.

METAPHORS compare two things by saying that one thing is the other thing. So, in our poem, fireflies are “baby stars that leapt among the trees”

SIMILES use the words “like” or “as to make a comparison. So, in our poem, the firelies fly in the trees “like dimes of light.”

Want to try to create your own SIMILE or METAPHOR? Make a list of all the objects and activities you enjoy during the summer. (Fireflies are definitely on our list. What’s on yours?) Then choose something from your list and create a simile or metaphor to describe it to your reader. To help you, ask yourself these questions:

  • What does this object or activity remind me of?
  • Does it look, feel, sound, taste, or smell similar to something I have seen before?
  • How might I describe it so that other people can see the object or activity in as lively a way as I do?
  • How can I help people who have never experienced this activity or seen this object imagine it as well?

Enjoy creating those metaphors and similes. Remember to share some of them with us here at Inktopia Kids!

What fun books are you reading this summer? Make note in your journals of METAPHORS and SIMILES you find in the stories and poems you read and in the songs you listen to. Which ones do you like the most? Which ones would you like to try to use in your own writing? Share your favorite summer reads with us as well.

Have fun creating and imagining — write where you are!