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Similes are generally easier to
identify than metaphors, but not
always. Sometimes a speaker
or writer may use the word “like” or
“as” and not make any comparison.
These are not similes. For example if
I said, “I like pizza.” I am expressing
a preference for pizza not making a
As cool as a cucumber—to be calm and
relaxed, especially in a difficult situation.
(During the awful, horrifying accident,
he remained as cool as a cucumber)
As thin as a rake—very thin.
(As he never ate much, his arms were
as thin as a rake)
As bold as brass—very brave and confi-
dent; not afraid to say what you feel or
(That devilish monkey which stole my
banana was as bold as brass!)
As thorny as a rose bush—very thorny.
(The old man's beard is as thorny as a
rose bush; I won't touch it!)
As smooth as glass—very smooth.
(He washed his face until it was as
smooth as glass)
Gleamed like pearls—shining very brightly.
(Amazed by the sight of the famous
singer, the little children's eyes gleamed
As soft as velvet—very soft.
(The cover of my new book is as soft
As gentle as a lamb—very calm and kind.
(If you are going to look after my cat
Ichigo, you'll have to be as gentle as a
As black as coal—very black.
(The pirate's evil eyes are as black as
As clear as crystal—very easy to under-
stand/easy to see.
(The water in the Mediterranean sea is
as clear as crystal)
As easy as taking candy from a baby—very
easy or simple.
(Beating my little sister at chess is like
taking candy from a baby)
As soft as silk—very soft or gentle.
(The singer's sweet voice sounded as
soft as silk)
As warm as toast—very warm in a pleas-
ant, comfortable way.
(This chair feels as warm as toast; has
anybody been sitting on it?)
As clean as a whistle—very clean.
(By the time we had finished mopping
the floor it was as clean as a whistle; you
could have eaten your dinner on it)
As soft as a daffodil's petals—very soft.
(The falling cherry blossom felt as soft
as daffodil petals)
As blue as the deepest ocean—completely
(Her piercing eyes were as blue as the
• Elephants are unique animals
that live in parts of Africa and Asia.
• There are two types of elephant,
the Asian elephant and the African
elephant (although sometimes the
African Elephant is split into two
species, the African Forest Elephant
and the African Bush Elephant).
• Elephants are the largest
land-living mammal in the world.
• Both female and male African
elephants have tusks but only the
male Asian elephants have tusks.
They use their tusks for digging
and finding food.
• Female elephants are called
cows. They start to have calves when
they are about 12 years old and they
are pregnant for 22 months.
• An elephant can use its tusks to
dig for ground water.
•An adult elephant needs to drink
around 210 litres of water a day.
• Elephants have large, thin ears.
Their ears are made up of a complex
network of blood vessels which help
regulate their temperature. Blood is
circulated through their ears to cool
them down in hot climates.
• Elephants have no natural
predators. However, lions will
sometimes prey on young or weak
elephants in the wild.
• The main risk to elephants is
from humans through poaching and
changes to their habitat.
• The elephant’s trunk is able to
sense the size, shape and temper-
ature of an object.
• An elephant uses its trunk to lift
food and suck up water then pour
it into its mouth.
• An elephant’s trunk can grow to
be about two metres long and can
weigh up to 140 kg.
• Some scientists believe that
an elephant’s trunk is made up of
100,000 muscles, but no bones.
• Female elephants spend their
entire lives living in large groups
• Male elephants leave their herds
at about 13 years old and live fairly
solitary lives from this point.
• Elephants can swim–they use
their trunk to breathe like a snorkel
in deep water.
• Elephants are herbivores and
can spend up to 16-hours days
collecting leaves, twigs, bamboo,
In commemoration of Earth Science Week,
the Geological Society of T&T held an art
competition entitled "Our Shared Geoher-
Participants in the five-to-11 age category had
to draw or paint an outdoor space where a natural
geological feature inspires us today. Amrita Ra-
goonath placed second in this category with her
piece titled Looking up at the hill, which portrayed
a natural landmark in the south Trinidad, the San
Left: Amrita Ragoonath receives her award (right)
from Reshma Maharaj.
Asimile is a comparison between
two different things using the
word “like” or “as” to make the com-
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