Are You a Snail?

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A young snail faces many challenges as it tries to grow safely into an adult. All the facts a young child needs to understand the life of this intriguing backyard creature are packed into this engaging narrative.

Introduces the life cycle of a snail, showing how it changes from an egg to an adult snail.

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A young snail faces many challenges as it tries to grow safely into an adult. All the facts a young child needs to understand the life of this intriguing backyard creature are packed into this engaging narrative.

Introduces the life cycle of a snail, showing how it changes from an egg to an adult snail.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
If you are not slimy and most humans like you, you are not a snail. After reading this delightful book, you might wish you were, even with the slime. This cleverly written nonfiction book introduces readers to the every day, ordinary backyard snail. You will get a snail's view of life, from eating leaves and avoiding foxes, to building your own door for the winter. The science is accurate, well-presented and just right for this age level. Even the illustrations make these sometimes uninvited pests cute and likable. This book is an excellent read-aloud and with the help of an adult, a nice early reader for K-1 students. It would be a wonderful addition to an invertebrate, backyard animals or other animal science curriculum. Part of the "Backyard Book" series. 2000, Kingfisher Publications/Houghton Mifflin Company,
— Ruth Buchholz <%ISBN%>0753452421
Children's Literature
Snails, ill-defined blobs creeping along in their fantastically shaped shells, have long held the fascination of children. This entry in Kingfisher's "Backyard Books" series offers very nice colored drawings to illustrate the life cycle of the common snail. The text's approach, asking the reader if he or she is a snail, may be a little cute, but the whole is sufficient for an introduction for a very young audience seeking information about this area of nature and science. 2000, Kingfisher, Ages 3 to 8, $9.95. Reviewer: Donna T. Brumby
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Short sentences in large print are juxtaposed against colorful, close-up, watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Each accessible book begins with its title question and tells readers how they would experience life as that creature, keeping the familiar form of address throughout, e.g., "If you are [a ladybug], your parents look like this, and they eat-." The books briefly describe their subjects' birth, growth and development, a few outstanding physical and behavioral characteristics, diet, habitat, and natural enemies. The narratives then segue into a reality check, stating, "However, if your parents look a little like this-You are-a human child." Each title ends with a list of miscellaneous facts about the invertebrate discussed. While the texts are simply and clearly written, there are a couple of minor flaws. Ladybug fails to define the word aphid, although the soft-bodied insect is referred to several times, and Snail defines poison as "poisonous." Joanne Ryder's beautifully illustrated, lyrical The Snail's Spell (Puffin, 1988) serves as an excellent introduction for preschoolers, but Allen's titles will attract young nature lovers.-Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613907743
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 31
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Allen is an award-winning author whose novel Awaiting Developments was short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Novel Award. Judy Allen and illustrator Tudor Humphries created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal.

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