Snake and Lizard

Snake and Lizard

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by Joy Cowley
     
 

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An engaging collection of stories of two unlikely but inseparable friends. There is something the matter with your voice. Ga-runch! Ga-runch! said Snake. I ve got a frog in my throat! she whispered. Lizard said Oh I know how to fix that and he gave Snake a mighty slap on her back. The frog shot out of Snake s mouth. It landed in the grass and quick as a blink hopped

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An engaging collection of stories of two unlikely but inseparable friends. There is something the matter with your voice. Ga-runch! Ga-runch! said Snake. I ve got a frog in my throat! she whispered. Lizard said Oh I know how to fix that and he gave Snake a mighty slap on her back. The frog shot out of Snake s mouth. It landed in the grass and quick as a blink hopped away. My supper! cried Snake. That was my supper!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Kathie M. Josephs
We know that opposites often attract each other, and that is exactly what happens in this delightful story about friendship. Snake is a little on the conceited side, lady-like, and calm most of the time. She does not like the dark and certainly does not like adventures. On the other hand, Lizard is full of life, is often disorderly, and simply "goes for it." He enjoys new things and going places where he should not. One night, Lizard talks Snake into going out at night and an owl almost eats them. The two of them become friends even though they argue about most things. Like most friends, they share information about themselves. One day, Snake asks Lizard what is the worst thing that he ever did. Snake is shocked with the answer. These two friends talk about the future and what they want from their lives, and they learn that sometimes you have to accept help as well as give it. This includes helping a friend face danger. The author has carefully chosen situations that provide the reader with ways of applying the information to their own friendships. The book is well written, reader-friendly, and will appeal to both boys and girls. The illustrations are a plus and fit the text beautifully. This would be a great gift for a child. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs
School Library Journal

K-Gr 4

This engaging chapter book from Australia tells of the humorous exploits of Snake and Lizard. They meet, quarrel, become friends, and then quarrel again; their delightful antics touchingly reveal the normal travails of an active friendship. The short chapters also impart bits of wisdom: it is good to share, and friends can like different things. In one particularly funny vignette, Snake is eating a frog when Lizard, who thinks that Snake is choking, slaps her on the back, and, of course, allows the frog to escape. Another entertaining story describes how the two friends each set up a business, and then trade the same dime back and forth buying corn cakes and cactus juice from one another. The charming illustrations are suffused with warm desert colors, and the evocative landscapes enhance the brief adventures. One endearing picture shows the red, black, and white striped snake and tan-colored lizard lying facing one another, their features expressively genial, as they "talked and talked as though they'd known each other for years." Lovely bookmaking includes small pictures interspersed with the large, bold font, some to the side of a decorative letter that begins the text of a chapter. A creamy white page with only a tiny picture of a primary story element precedes each chapter, and many of the creatures that inhabit the stories appear on the inside front and back cover pages. A great read-aloud.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma County Library, CA

Kirkus Reviews
A sensitive snake and her lovable lizard companion enjoy a warm and touching relationship, shattering the stereotypes that commonly plague their cold-blooded species. The two become fast friends, first as housemates and later as business partners counseling fellow desert-dwellers on life and love. Cowley carves developed characters through concise dialogue, as Snake often balances her primal reptilian instincts against her shy disposition, creating witty moments within each chapter. Snake did, after all, eat one of Lizard's 97 siblings in her past: "Lizard was right," she reflects. "The little guy had been real sweet." She shudders, however, at the thought of addressing a baby rattler. "You know all about snakes. It's your cousin!" protests Lizard. "Some cousins I don't speak to," Snake exclaims. Bishop's rich watercolor-and-pen illustrations complement the story, often portraying Lizard upright next to slithering Snake. His contained lines and splashes of color breathe air into the setting's dry surroundings. The New Zealand author-and-illustrator team solidly develops this pair's formidable friendship under the scorching desert sun. (Fiction. 7-10)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781933605838
Publisher:
Kane/Miller Book Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2008
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
AD490L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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BeltonTeacher More than 1 year ago
The Chapters in Snake and Lizard are all separate short stories about Snake and Lizard who in each chapter have some sort of issue or problem that has to be solved. This is a great read aloud for second or third graders or also a great bedtime story book. My son loved this book and we love Joy Cowley! Her Mrs. Wishy-Washy books are some favorites of mine!