Last week she had a cold that interfered with her writing. When I opened up her notebook I found:
"I am sneezing a lot. Later I will be able to build a Mt. Everest out of tissues. It will be life sized. It is hard to sneeze and write at the same time."
Later that day she was working on English, and the workbook assignment was to write a poem. The topic was provided as well as some words to help students get started. This was Katarina's response:
"I don't like writing poems when they give me some of the words. It stifles my creativity. They just took my creativity, shut it up in a box, and mailed it to Singapore. Without my creativity, I may never be able to write again."
That special poem assignment was followed by a section on hyperbole.
Clearly we didn't need to spend much time on that section, because Katarina is well acquainted with hyperbole. They are great friends.