Thursday, September 7, 2017

"The Sun Played Hide-and-Seek" - a bookwrap

personification  per·son·i·fi·ca·tion


Personification is giving human characteristics to non-living things or ideas.

An author describing the sun smiling on a field of flowers is an example of personification.

-YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2017 by LoveToKnow Corp


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

Authored by Brian P. Cleary

Illustrated by Carol Crimmins

Ages 6-9

Grade Level: 1-4

Unwrapping some fun illustrations for you to enjoy

About the book

After reading this book kids will no longer struggle with the meaning and execution of the word "personification."  The author explains it clearly and gives many examples so kids will have an understanding of the sophisticated term.

A young girl is given an assignment to do a presentation on the unfamiliar word.   Her classmates are distributed much easier projects using such words as puns, similes, metaphors, superlatives, idioms... but wow.... personification??? That's a hard one for sure.  She can hardly pronounce the word... so how can she possibly present its ability to make writing more descriptive and fun when used.... and in front of the whole class too?  Oh my!!!

The teacher gives her a nudge and tells her she had better get working on her assignment as time is running out. It's due tomorrow.  She needs some time to think and wrap her mind around what she is going to do.  After school she climbs a hill, crosses a wooden bridge and ends up in Riverside park.  She is inspired by what she sees in nature around her.   Example after example of pesonification comes to mind. She still is very nervous and has a sleepless night tossing and turning.

The next day, shaking and scared, she gets up before the entire class... gets the word "Personification out and just then the fireball rings forcing everyone to line up and proceed outside.  Little does she know that the firebell will save the day (and her presentation method to boot).  

Find out exactly how that happens.  At long last the little girl has the most hands-on, comprehensive, back-to-nature visuals of all times.  Her presentation comes alive and her classmates understand its meaning no problem. 

The animated and expressive illustrations are perfect and enrich the text greatly.  They are a wonderful addition to the storyline and so well done for an illustrators debut book.  The author has added a back page that further extrapolates the meaning of the sophisticated concept.  I think this book would be a wonderful addition to a classroom or library.  

Storywraps Rating - 5 HUGS!!!!!

About the author

Brian P. Cleary is the creator of the best-selling Words Are CATegorical® series, now a set with more than 3.1 million copies sold. He is also the author of the Math Is CATegorical® series and several single titles including The Laugh Stand: Adventures in Humor and Rainbow Soup: Adventures in Poetry. He is a keynote speaker, and puts on poetry workshops all over the country. The bow tie wearing children's author is America's English Teacher.

About the illustrator

 Carol Crimmins is an illustrator, designer, and author based in Dublin, Ireland. She also teaches art to elementary school children. The Sun Played Hide-and-Seek is her first picture book.


1. What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Harry The Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

2. What’s your favorite line from a book?

"A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."—Mrs. Twit from The Twits by Roald Dahl

3. Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Very hard to choose just 3 I have "new" favourites all the time! 

Current favourites are... 

In no particular order - 
Beatrice Alemagna - author/illustrator 
Jarvis - author/illustrator 
Marta Altés - author/illustrator

4. Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I have never stopped reading and loving picture books since I was a child. I've always been passionate about drawing and storytelling. Combining words and pictures is the perfect way for me to bring my ideas, characters and stories to life!

5. Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Work hard and don't give up!

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