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There are lots of definitions to describe different types of rhyme – for example, people talk about half rhyme, slant rhyme, near rhyme, assonance and consonance. But to keep things simple, let’s just talk about perfect and imperfect rhyme – and which of the two you want to use.

Lesbian Visibility Week– held in the last week of April. Stonewall’s Lesbian hub offers a range of articles and information that will be useful for secondary schools.International Haiku Poetry Day – the Haiku Foundations has a great range of free resources for teachers. Writing a good rhyming story is a bit like doing a jigsaw. When I begin, I know what the whole story will be (so that’s like the finished picture) and I have to put the pieces (or the words) together in exactly the right way to make everything fit. Just as it would be with a jigsaw, you can’t shove a piece into a place it doesn’t fit because otherwise, in the end, the picture will be wonky.

Have you written a brilliant rhyming story? I find a very good way to find out is to ask someone to read your work aloud to you. Listen carefully. Do they stumble on any lines? Do they pause in parts? These clues will let you know if you have some bits and pieces that need fixing. If you were using imperfect rhyme, though, you might choose to only match either the vowel sound, OR the consonant sound. So you could have eat/leaf, which share only the “ee” sound. Or you could have host/last which share only the “st” sound. But not everyone can see he’s the winner. The Mayor seems to have a particular blindspot . . . That is until Ava and her invisible pet foil a dastardly robbery! Squishy McFluff is Ava's best friend. He may be invisible, but that doesn't stop them having all kinds of fun together - and you won't believe just how much mess, trouble and chaos one mischievous invisible kitten can cause! Kathy Kirchoefer (2017). "The Invisible Cat!". School Library Journal. Media Source Inc . Retrieved 15 October 2021. Rhyming text and simple, three-color illustrations make this a thumbs-up choice for early chapter readers.Our guide on how to run a school book club, which covers both primary school book clubs and secondary school book clubs. From the funniest voice in young fiction today, t he first in an irresistible series for young readers about imaginary friends in hilarious rhyming text and with adorable illustrations by Ella Okstad. Cleverly bridging the gap between picture books and longer fiction, the lovable Squishy is certain to be a success with under-sevens.’ BookTrust

Here’s a slightly silly example (which I just made up!) showing how you can easily sacrifice the focus of a story for rhyme: When Ava discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch, she knows she’s found a new best friend. Together, Ava and Squishy McFluff get up to all kinds of mischief . . .

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Squishy McFluff has been blow-dried and primped to perfection. He must win the Country Fair prettiest pet competition – and will if Ava has anything to do with it . . . Squishy McFluff: the Invisible Cat!". booktrust.org.uk. Booktrust . Retrieved 15 October 2021. Cleverly bridging the gap between picture books and longer fiction, the lovable Squishy is certain to be a success with under-sevens - especially those who have ever had an imaginary friend of their own. Julia Smith (2017). "The Invisible Cat!". Booklist. American Library Association . Retrieved 15 October 2021.

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