The Purple Snerd

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What purrs, barks, and chirps and has long purple fur? Fern is about to find out . . . and to make a new friend. Mary GrandPré's bright artwork brings the magic-and mayhem-of the Purple Snerd's one-of-a-kind visit to laugh-out-loud life.

When an imaginary creature appears under the porch, Fern looks in her book to determine its name, decides it's a purple snerd, and spends the day playing with ...

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What purrs, barks, and chirps and has long purple fur? Fern is about to find out . . . and to make a new friend. Mary GrandPré's bright artwork brings the magic-and mayhem-of the Purple Snerd's one-of-a-kind visit to laugh-out-loud life.

When an imaginary creature appears under the porch, Fern looks in her book to determine its name, decides it's a purple snerd, and spends the day playing with it.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Fern encounters an imaginary friend whom she calls a Snerd. This is a very special Purple Snerd, who spends the day sharing adventures with Fern. The rhyming text is accompanied by the delightful artwork of Grandpré. Fern is an engaging little redhead and the hairy Purple Snerd is quite imaginative. The introduction describes the levels in the "Green Light Reader" series and provides some helpful tips to those working with kids. There is also a very brief blurb and photo of the illustrator. A Level 2 book. 2000, Harcourt, and $3.95. Ages 6 to 8. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3-The title and cover art are intriguing with a curling, furry, purple tail beckoning readers inside. Then birdlike tracks visually cue readers into opening the book. Unfortunately, the rhyming story within is choppy and undeveloped. When Fern finds a strange creature under her porch, she looks in her book and finds that it's a Snerd, an animal that "will purr, bark, and chirp" and snorts and slurps when it eats its sweet snacks. The text does not expand on the "sweet snacks" they crave or on the rules of "Snerdball" that Fern and her new friend play. When the day ends, the Snerd leaves with a promise to return, and Fern asks that he bring other Snerds with him. Imaginative illustrations highlight the tale. The child's sweet face and the colorful, unusual creature keep the pages turning. Light and shadows give the art depth and a style that brings to mind Mark Teague's work. This book has great visual appeal but the story will leave readers wanting more details.-Melanie S. Wible, Kanoheda Elementary, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152048266
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Green Light Readers Level 2 Series
  • Edition description: 1-Simul
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 1,017,323
  • Age range: 5 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.62 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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