My book that I've written titled: Midland Magic - A Journey Through the World of Figurative Language shares a teaching strategy used in many classrooms in San Diego County. Students acknowledge the figures of speech through hand gestures while teachers are reading aloud or students are silent reading. The central characters in my book have been made into dolls I call Reading Buddies. When a student recognizes a figure of speech in a story, the student is rewarded with the corresponding Reading Buddy for the day. My children love to seek out figurative language that is woven thoughout literature and is a foundation for poetry. All students quickly learn figurative language with this interactive approach.