A Mango-Shaped Space Figurative Language

A Mango-Shaped Space Figurative Language
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A brown haired girl stands in front of a silhouetted cat and a blurred rainbow. She smiles with her hands on her hips. This is Mia from A Mango Shaped Space.

A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass

Lesson Plans by Lauren Ayube

Thirteen year old Mia isn’t like everyone else. For her, words, numbers, and sounds have color. It’s all around her, all of the time - as if being thirteen isn’t hard enough already. When Mia starts struggling in school, she realizes that there has to be more to her than just not being “normal.” A Mango-Shaped Space is a heartwarming novel about fitting in, being different, and embracing what makes you unique.


A Mango-Shaped Space

Storyboard Description

Have students identify different types of figurative language in A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass.

Storyboard Text

  • Onomatopoeia
  • BUBBLE
  • BOOM!
  • BUBBLE
  • SIMMER
  • FIZZ
  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • “The bubbling up inside me has gotten too strong. I can feel it rising to the surface. Bubble, bubble, simmer, fizz, and BOOM!” The author is using these sounds to help the reader hear how Mia feels inside. Like a bottle of soda that's going to burst.
  • “But if I couldn’t use my colors, the world would seem so bland - like vanilla ice cream without the gummy bears on top.” This means that without her unique identity, Mia would live a very boring life.
  • "Then fireworks go off in my head.”This means her brain was overwhelmed with thoughts and emotions.
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