The importance of providing children with experience in using and understanding metaphor is inextricably tied to the process of constructing meaning from text. Metaphor may be embedded in the text by the author or used by the reader to actively create meaning. It is a means by which children make sense from stories using original formulations rather than repeated rules from the adult world (Miles, 1985; Lehr, 1988).
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