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Snail, Where Are You

Snail, Where Are You

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by Tomi Ungerer

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HarperCollins Publishers
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2 - 5 Years

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Snail, Where Are You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
isniffbooks More than 1 year ago
In Snail, Where Are You? readers are invited to find the snail(s) on each page. But what makes the search interesting and different is that you aren’t looking for the actual snail, you’re looking for the abstract form — the signature spiral — of the snail. It’s a very subtle (and perhaps unintentional) nod to finding the abstraction (and beauty) of nature in everything around us. The book begins with a the question “Snail, Where Are You?” and shows a picture of his shell. The following pages feature illustrations (most are double-page spreads) with snail spirals to find. This type of search-and-find is quite brilliant and is a fun way to teach little ones about abstraction. The book ends with the same question followed by a picture of the snail saying, “here I am.” This is the only text in the book. The minimal text invites readers to create their own stories of what happening in each illustration — this I love! For example, in the illustration below of the man in the boat there are so many questions reader can ask and answer for themselves. Why is the man in a boat in the ocean? Where is he going? Why is he by himself? And even, who is this man — what is his name? The sky is the limit when it comes to making up stories about the pictures. As for the search-and-find, some pages have easy-to-spot snail spirals. For example, the repeating spirals in the ocean’s waves. Others illustrations have multiple spirals to search for. In one spread, the spirals can be seen in the pipe smoke, the chair arms, the parrot’s eye, and even the curl of the cat’s tail. Ungerer’s art is quite bright — even the end papers and title page are different colors — and this brightness lends such a festive vibe to this book. Snail, Where Are You? was originally published in 1962 — and since then SWAY? has been re-packaged by other publishers. Just so you know, Phaidon’s edition has minimal text and no lift-the-flaps. Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy in exchange for an honest review. The opinions are my own.