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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
Traits Alive: Famous Creature Similes Expanded by Ken Bolden is a great book for children. The book features 28 different animals, the similes that they are known for, and random facts about each animal. Adults may also learn a few things about animals from this book.
I chose to read Traits Alive: Famous Creature Similes Expanded because my four-year-old loves animals. I was surprised by how much I would also enjoy this book. Bolden explains what a simile is and writes about what the meaning of each one is that features an animal. My daughter really liked that the book had so many different animals in it. Her favorite animal was the goose and because of Bolden she now knows why I say she is as “silly as a goose.” I admit that there were a couple similes that I have never heard of, such as “Bold as a Lion.” I also never knew why high tide was so important to clams.
I really liked that Bolden included a glossary for terms in the back of the book as well as some facts about the animals mentioned. The illustrations are simple yet very colorful and show the animals in their natural habitats. This book could be a great learning tool for children trying to learn what a simile is and other grammar definitions. I wish there were more books such as this one. If Bolden decides to write more books similar to this one, then I will definitely read them.