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Mike and Mary Anne
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Onomatopoeia n. 1. The forming of a word such as buzz, that imitates the sound of the thing it refers to. (American Heritage Dictionary)

In Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, the author wrote, "Bing! Bang! Crash! Slam!" to describe the sound Mary Anne made when she worked faster and faster. There was a "Clang! Clang! Clang!" when the fire department arrived.

Look at the fire truck rushing to the scene. What do you think makes the noise? Clang!




Now look at this picture of Mary Anne working.

What might cause the following?





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