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Once there was a little snail who loved everything round—hoops and wheels and balls and balloons and, most of all, the moon. Oh, how she longed to glide gently over the moon’s surface, around and around and around. And so she made a daring decision—she’d find a way to fly to the moon! This is a story about dreams and determination.

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Once there was a little snail who loved everything round—hoops and wheels and balls and balloons and, most of all, the moon. Oh, how she longed to glide gently over the moon’s surface, around and around and around. And so she made a daring decision—she’d find a way to fly to the moon! This is a story about dreams and determination.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Clementine, a demure yet determined snail with a copper-colored shell, loves round objects because she's round herself, Loth (Remembering Crystal) explains. She has a collection of round things—a ball of yarn, string of beads, a dartboard—and since the moon is the largest round thing Clementine knows, she dreams of traveling there. Her earthworm friend Paul helps her with the preparations ("Clementine was especially fond of Paul's compass—it let her draw such perfect circles"), and after a few false starts they hit on a solution, strapping Clementine to a red rocket straight out of Looney Tunes. She doesn't reach the moon, but she's carried far enough out to realize that the Earth, too, is round—a revelation that makes her quite happy. The unusual combination of cute, pint-sized story elements and the astronomical scale of the climax distinguishes Loth's work; a dramatic foldout four-page spread shows Clementine's voyage as she orbits a blue planet wreathed in clouds and surrounded by black space. The quiet dashes of humor that pervade both text and art only add to the story's charm. Ages 4–up. (May)
From the Publisher
Praise for Remembring Crystal:

“Loth steers clear of sentimentality in a storythat is both candid and tender.”—Publishers Weekly

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
A little snail sits on her favorite branch. She is called Clementine, after the fruit on the tree. She loves everything round, like herself, even car tires. When she sees the round moon at night, she longs to "glide gently over the surface as the moon carried her around..." She decides to fly there. With her snake friend Paul, she first plans and constructs a trampoline. When that doesn't take her there, they try a large slingshot, in vain. Finally, with a rocket, Clementine takes off. Up in the sky, on a double foldout, she sees that the world is also round. After a safe landing in the village pond, she returns home to report on her adventure, happy to have learned that her planet is also ROUND as it carries her "around..." This fantasy is directly told and cleanly visualized in boldly painted forms inside rather heavy black outlines. Double-page scenes express the emotions of a snail on a mission, with a friendly snake as helpmate. On the long foldout, the black sky provides an effective backdrop for the distant earth. The final scene of the sleeping, contented Clementine makes a happy conclusion. Don't skip the end pages and the final factual note. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Clementine loves all things round, especially the Moon. With the help of her friend Paul, an earthworm, the little orange snail makes plans to fly there. Unfortunately, the homemade trampoline makes her queasy and bends one of her feelers, and the slingshot just tosses her into a rain-soaked bush. However, their next idea, a rocket, is an unmitigated success. Clementine soars through the night sky and into space where she discovers that the Earth is round. Luckily, on her return trip she lands safely in the village pond. After a six-week journey home, Paul greets her with a banner and balloons, and she can hardly wait to tell everyone about her discovery. The text is accompanied by proficient illustrations that aptly depict the action. The use of light and dark coloring is well done, and the inclusion of Clementine's slime trails is a nice touch. The foldout showing Earth from space is reminiscent of photos and worthy of the snail's amazement.—Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
Kirkus Reviews
A scientific-minded snail enters the Space Race. When she sits on the branch of her favorite tree, the little snail looks just like the ripe orange fruit hanging from it; that's why she's called Clementine. She loves everything round, including tires, billiard balls and... the moon. In fact, it's her dream to glide gently over the moon's surface. Clementine shares this dream with her best friend Paul (an earthworm who occasionally wears pince-nez) and they team up on the project, with a telescope, various tools and numerous diagrams. There are also trial runs with a trampoline and a slingshot. In short order, Clementine is blasting off into outer space with a red rocket strapped to her shell. She orbits the Earth, amazed and delighted to discover that her world is round like her beloved moon. She lands unhurt in the village pond. It takes her six weeks to get home (she is a snail), and faithful friend Paul is there to welcome her with some congratulatory balloons. The observant and deliberate snail is the perfect embodiment of a young scientist. Loth's illustrations carry the weight of the offbeat story, featuring rich colors, beautiful compositions and a cinematic sense of movement; a spectacular double-gatefold conveys Clementine's wonder as she orbits. The book ends with a little science lesson about the Earth. Gently inviting. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735840096
  • Publisher: North-South Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,385,552
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

SEBASTIAN LOTH’s lyrical texts and sweetly minimalist illustrations bespeak his childhood love of literature, and it comes as no surprise that he began writing poems and short stories while still at school. A banker and an economist as well as a writer, Sebastian lives near Cologne, Germany.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Nice Book About Following Your Dreams

    From the inside flap:

    Once there was a little snail who loved everything round - hoops and wheels and balls and most of all, the moon. Oh, how she longed to glide gently over the moon's surface, around and around and around.

    And so she made a daring decision. "I'm going to fly to the moon," she whispered into the night . . ."

    This is a story about passion and promise. It's a story about the delight of discovering something wonderful right in your own backyard."

    When I first began reading this delightful little book, I thought it would end up being another book about a particular shape. It is about things that are round, but it also about dreaming and following those dreams as well.

    What I liked about the book: The illustrations are beautiful. They are full of soft pictures that make it easy for students to point out all things round. I also like that Clementine is not afraid to follow her dream. The story has a nice message about not giving up as well as one about discovering the unexpected close to home. The text in this book is a little longer than that found in most picture books, but it fits well with the story. Teachers of young students will appreciate the educational notes at the end.

    What I didn't like about the book: I liked it all!

    Recommended for Pre-K through 1st Grade

    Mrs. Archer's rating: 5 of 5!

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