Ally doesn’t like school. She is always getting into trouble and the work is just too hard. When she tries to read or write, the words just seem to dance around and she just can’t do it. Her teacher doesn’t understand her and the mean girls make fun of her. Until she meets Mr. Daniels. When her teacher goes on maternity leave, Ally’s world changes and it’s because of Mr. Daniels. He is not like the others. In fact, he is not like anyone Ally has ever met. Fish in a Tree is a wonderfully written story about longing to fit in, while also longing to be yourself.
Have students identify and illustrate figurative language in Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt!
I believe in you.
Ally, you won!
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"When Mr. Daniels looks in her direction, she stops like she has an on/off switch. When he looks away, she laughs at Albert again.”This means that Shay is very good at looking like a good kid in front of adults, and becomes mean the second they aren't looking.
"But no matter what, don’t give up. Because, every once in a while, a pawn becomes a queen.” This means that even those who feel small and unimportant can be the leaders.
“I stand and walk toward him like the floor will swallow me up.” This means that Ally is so apprehensive that she walks towards Mr. Daniels as if she's walking towards danger.