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The Terrible Wave, by Marden Dahlstedt, is a great book full of descriptive writing based on the Johnstown Flood. A girl named Megan Maxwell is stuck with a group of people during the Johnstown flood. There is a lot of evocative writing such as, ”At first all she could see was a sinister black mist. It rolled toward the house like billowing smoke,” which I think is very vivid. I think it’s vivid because of all the writing is worded so it’s very descriptive. s
There is a bit of personification in the book “ A piano drifted beside her, its white keys looking like a great grinning mouth.” I think all the writing is very graphic. There are times when the writing gets so descriptive that the reader gets a picture in his or her mind, which is called a mental picture.
There are lots of other pieces and types of expressive writing in The Terrible Wave so try reading it. It’s a good read!
Article posted February 1, 2012 at 11:05 AM •
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