A simile is a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make the description more emphatic or vivid.
Example:
1As busy as a bee: Someone who is always busy doing something.
Usage: Since the exams are fast approaching, Jack is as busy as a bee.
 
2. Like peas in a pod: Someone who stays together always.
Usage: Kamila and her sister are like peas in a pod.
 
3. As innocent as a lamb: Someone naïve, gullible or faultless.
Everyone loves Rosy because she is as innocent as a lamb.
Important!
A simile establishes a connection between two things using the terms "like" or "as".
Similes are used to express thoughts/feelings/words in a unique way, which differs from the ordinary tone of speech.

1. It adds to the emotional/expressional intensity to make the reading more interesting.
2. It emphasizes the meaning of the thought.
3. It gives better clarity.
4. It adds a beautiful tone to the text.
5. Thereby makes it more attractive to the reader.
Similes used in the poem "The Tale of Custard the dragon":
  1. Mouth like a fireplace, chimney for a nose - The dragon breathing fire is compared to a fireplace using the word 'Like'.
  2. Belinda was as brave as a barrel full of bears - Belinda's bravery is compared to a barrel full of bears using 'as'.
  3. Clashed his tail like irons in a dungeon - The dragon moves his tail so much in anger that it sounds like irons in dungeons.
  4. Mustard was as brave as a tiger in a rage - Mustard's bravery is compared to a tiger.
  5. He went at the pirate like a robin at a worm - The dragon was so fierce in attacking the pirate just like a robin would go at a worm.
Important!
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