After the children in the school playground stop playing with him, a snake finds a better home in one of the classrooms.
Children's LiteratureDesigned to help children practice early reading skills, this delightful book uses bright illustrations and a lively story to entertain young readers. Tired of being ignored and trampled on by students in the school yard, a playground snake decides to head inside the school to find a more interesting place to live. After recess, he slithers inside the school to explore some new spaces. He remains undetected by everyone he encountersthe students in the hall, the principal walking up the stairs, the children in gym class, the teachers in the lounge, the cook in the kitchen, and the custodian in the locker room. It is not until he sneaks into Miss John's worm farm that he is finally discovered. Excited by their new visitor, the students whole-heartedly welcome him into their classroomthey paint pictures of him, give him a part in their class play, and invite him to play games. Everyone is so happy, that is until the principal discovers the snake and orders him out of the classroom at once. With Miss John's help, the students head outside the following day and transform a sunny corner of the playground into a beautiful rainforest scene. Now the snake has plenty of friends to play with and a great place to live. Young readers will want to read this charming story again and again. It is part of the "Read-It! Readers" series. 2005, Picture Window Books, Ages 4 to 8.
School Library JournalK-Gr 2-These titles range from mediocre to poor in quality. In the first one, a queen is disgusted with her dragon, whom she feels has become too old, fat, and shabby looking. While she interviews new ones, he spruces himself up and gets in shape. Then she wants him back. The illustrations are amusing, but the message is shallow. In Rice Ball, a stiffly drawn boy finds a fortune when mice lure his lunch down a hole and he follows it. In Snake, a formerly popular playground game with human qualities is "fed up" with the students who ignore him and tries to get noticed. Waiting has eye-catching artwork that resembles a TV cartoon, but the didactic, tirelessly repetitive text about a little girl who complains about waiting at the doctor's office, for a bus, etc., and then comes up with ideas to make the most of it is unlikely to hold readers' interest. Forget this disappointing set.-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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