Saturday, February 20, 2016


What an amazing experience it was watching my 3/4 class exploring Jackie French's picture story book, "Fire, for literary devices. Their excitement was palpable. Here's what they had to say!

Rosie: Dear Jackie French,
Today we read, “Fire.” “I really enjoyed how you used personification, similes and metaphors. Some examples are, "King fire has a short harsh reign" and "earth’s green children have come back, Peering from the word of black. "I also liked "hills bleached gold".
From Rosie!    


My favourite thing was all the great personification such as, ‘Earth's green children have come back.” I just could not stop myself from reading it over and over again. Can you please please write a book like this one . Bye from Alexa 


Dear Jackie,
Today we read, “Fire”. It was a fantastic book and the part I enjoyed was when used a simile with, “Winding like a small black snake”. I liked it because it went into the detail and fire is like a small black snake. And the illustrations were really realistic ...I loved the illustrations. I also I like how you called fire the "monster" or the "beast."


Dear Jackie ,
Today we read the book “Fire.” I really loved it when you used personification and wrote, “Trees licked by tongues of fire, Flames are laughing, higher, higher.” I also loved that simile when you wrote, “Winding like a small black snake.” But the reason why I really loved it was because you really got in there and described it very well.        


  1. Dear Year 3/4,

    You are so lucky to have Mrs Yore introduce you to Jackie French and the wonderful way Jackie has with words! I like the way you have identified and explained the literary techniques Jackie has used to help her readers visualise the power and destruction of the fire and the way the land came back to life over time.

    Jackie French's words and and Bruce Whatley's illustrations have created three very powerful picture books about weather events in Australia. Apart from 'Fire', they have also written 'Flood' about the Brisbane River flooding in 2011 (I was there to help with the clean up!) and their most recent book is called 'Cyclone' about Cyclone Tracy that hit Darwin on Christmas Eve in 1974. I hope you will have the opportunity to read these books too with Mrs Yore. I also hope that you will be inspired to use some of these literary techniques in your own writing. Please let me know if you do as I would really love to read your writing!

    Happy reading!

    Miss Y ( Teacher Librarian @ St Martin's, Rosanna)

  2. Hey Middle MY, how's it going? I really liked our writing class. I liked the descriptions for example "fire licked the bark". Which bits did you like best?