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Gibbs and Boers emphasize the role of "metaphoric processing" in children's tales and literature in general as a favored strategy of understanding. This important distinction between "metaphoric processing" and "processing metaphor" is made in Gibbs (1999: 40). In an experiment they conducted, Gibbs and Boers showed how their students unequally leaned toward adopting a metaphoric (or allegoric) understanding of the two poems studied, the reason for this unequal response being that the Frost poem is built on the more primary conceptual metaphor, LIFE IS A JOURNEY. Gibbs and Boers rightly concluded that metaphoric processing may be a general strategy not just to read literature but to also understand life itself. (Zouhair Maalej)