Personification in When You Trap a Tiger

Personification in When You Trap a Tiger
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A little girl looks in shock at a tiger that stands in front of her.

When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller

By Lauren Ayube

Twelve year old Lily, her sister, and her mother have moved to Washington to live with her halmoni, who is ill. When a magical tiger from Halmoni’s past starts visiting Lily, she learns that there are many stories and secrets in her grandmother’s past. Lily makes a deal with the tiger in order to save Halmoni’s life, but will it be too much for her to handle? 2021 Newbery Medal winner When You Trap a Tiger is a wondrous story about Korean folklore, family, love, and the power of stories.




When You Trap a Tiger

Storyboard Description

Illustrate examples of personification in When You Trap a Tiger, or any other figurative language!

Storyboard Text

  • Owwwww! That hurts!
  • "I beg the floorboards to keep quiet. They don’t listen. They whine under my feet." This means that the floor was creaking.
  • "The clouds block the sun and paint the house gray." This means that it is so cloudy and dark that the house looks gray.
  • When You Trap a Tiger Personification
  • "I wake up with a worrying weight on my chest." This means that she woke up so worried, that she physically felt it in her chest.
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