Snake and Lizard
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|Format:||Paperback, 102 pages|
|Other Information: ||colour illustrations|
|Published In: ||New Zealand, 01 June 2007|
Snake and Lizard are a lovable, foolish pair, always arguing, embarking on unlikely enterprises and telling one another hotly contested tales - none of which behaviour lessens their affection for one another. A series of stories about friendship for children.
About the Author
Born in Levin in 1936, Joy was educated and worked at Palmerston North Girls High School and then attended Pharmacy College. Joy's writing career of more than 30 years has taken her around the globe where she has met children and teachers from Alaska to New York to South Africa to Brunei. Love, humour and a little twist at the end are key components of Joy's writing and she loves to meet children and hear what they think about her stories and life in general. Over 600 titles of Joy's books have been published worldwide.
K-Gr 4-This engaging chapter book from Australia tells of the humorous exploits of Snake and Lizard. They meet, quarrel, become friends, and then quarrel again; their delightful antics touchingly reveal the normal travails of an active friendship. The short chapters also impart bits of wisdom: it is good to share, and friends can like different things. In one particularly funny vignette, Snake is eating a frog when Lizard, who thinks that Snake is choking, slaps her on the back, and, of course, allows the frog to escape. Another entertaining story describes how the two friends each set up a business, and then trade the same dime back and forth buying corn cakes and cactus juice from one another. The charming illustrations are suffused with warm desert colors, and the evocative landscapes enhance the brief adventures. One endearing picture shows the red, black, and white striped snake and tan-colored lizard lying facing one another, their features expressively genial, as they "talked and talked as though they'd known each other for years." Lovely bookmaking includes small pictures interspersed with the large, bold font, some to the side of a decorative letter that begins the text of a chapter. A creamy white page with only a tiny picture of a primary story element precedes each chapter, and many of the creatures that inhabit the stories appear on the inside front and back cover pages. A great read-aloud.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
|Publisher: ||Gecko Press|
|Dimensions: ||19.0 x 14.0 x 1.0 centimeters (0.26 kg)|