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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Okay, this one is probably the most obvious symbol in the book, but we have to call it out. Take a look at stanzas 14 and 15:

You'll come down from the lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a slump.

And when you're in a slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.
(14, 15)

Now look at the illustrations. Those blobby things represent your child's current slumpy state. And they're slumping over a cliff, so let's hope they get righted sooner rather than later.

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