The Splendid Spotted Snake: A Magic Ribbon Book

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It’s a marvel! Every time you turn the page the little snake grows bigger. And it’s a book that teaches colors: with every page his ...

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Overview

It’s a marvel! Every time you turn the page the little snake grows bigger. And it’s a book that teaches colors: with every page his spots change color. Amazing! But how does it work???

Using a unique Magic Ribbon format invented by the authors, The Splendid Spotted Snake follows the adventures of a little spotted snake made out of sturdy, polka-dotted cloth ribbon.

When Yellow Snake was born,
he had bright red spots.
But then he grew . . .
His new spots were blue.


Not only does the little snake double in size, his spots also change color!

Red to blue to purple to orange and more, it’s an enchanting lesson in learning colors. And for little kids and parents alike, a true page-turner—because with every turn of the page the little snake grows and changes.

And look for it: a wonderful, gratifying surprise ending.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A yellow snake, made from a ribbon that is woven through slots in the pages, is born with red spots, but as he gets longer, he gains additional spots of different colors. As in Schwartz’s What Makes a Rainbow? which used the same format, turning the pages pulls a new section of ribbon through, making the winding snake grow. Schwartz and Wilensky combine a satisfying tactile experience with a lighthearted lesson on size and color recognition, well-suited for preschoolers. Ages 3–up. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“Schwartz and Wilensky combine a satisfying tactile experience with a lighthearted lesson on size and color recognition, well-suited for preschoolers.”
-Publishers Weekly

“With clever text that recalls 'Put Me in the Zoo,' this book is one young children will enjoy tugging, er, reading.”
- The New York Times Children’s Book Review

“sturdy, ingenious—and winning,” - Kirkus Reviews

“A lovely book which uses ribbons to illustrate the cute story about a growing snake.” - Kiwi Magazine

“fabulous bookmaking” - National Parenting Publications Awards

Children's Literature - Eleanor Heldrich
The story in this novelty book is about a snake that keeps adding new spots as it grows longer and longer. The growing is accomplished by the addition of a new length of grosgrain ribbon each time the page is turned. The book begins with, "When the Yellow Snake was born he had bright red spots." The word red is printed in red ink and there are red spots on a single length of yellow ribbon that stretches from the left page to the right, across the gutter. The story continues, "But then he grew," and with each turn of a page the snake's head moves to the other side of the page and another stretch of yellow ribbon with spots of another color is added. For the next five pages the snake keeps growing and adding spots of a different color every time the page is turned until the sixth page when the final color is black. Then, on the last page, it says, "All of his spots got kind of blended"...and a mixture of all the colored dots is on all the yellow ribbons: red, blue purple green, orange and white and black dots. Very tricky ribbon action! Reviewer: Eleanor Heldrich
Kirkus Reviews
Another animated introduction to colors from the creators of What Makes a Rainbow? (2000), using the same "Magic Ribbon" technique. Here it's a smiling snake that grows, thanks to strips of brightly spotted yellow ribbon that are cleverly interwoven back and forth through the stiff cardboard pages. Each turn pulls out a new length, with a new color: "He grew a little more… / He had green spots galore! / Then he grew again… // His spots were orange: Look at them!" Though the color scheme breaks down with the "orange" spots--which are actually peach-pink--the ribbons really do seem to grow as if by magic, and the succession of very simply painted outdoorsy settings in various seasons add sunny overtones to the cheery, rhymed text. In the end, "All his spots got kind of blended. / Yellow Snake thought, ‘This is splendid!' " Young children will agree--particularly as the ribbons (somehow) retract into their slots at the end, making repeat readings as intriguing as initial ones. Sturdy, ingenious--and winning, despite the small color misstep. (Toy book/board book. 3-5)
Pamela Paul
With clever text that recalls…Put Me in the Zoo, this book is one young children will enjoy tugging, er, reading.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761163602
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/29/2011
  • Pages: 9
  • Sales rank: 310,511
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Wilensky and Betty Ann Schwartz are the authors of What Makes a Rainbow and other children’s novelty books. They are married and live in New York City.

Betty Ann Schwartz and Alexander Wilensky are the authors of What Makes a Rainbow and other children’s novelty books. They are married and live in New York City.

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

    You must check this out.

    This is the most adorable book and very colorful. It is well put together and seems very well put together. Jackie

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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