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Ups and Downs of Simpson Snail
     

Ups and Downs of Simpson Snail

by John Himmelman
 

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Up and down describe not only lovable Simpson Snail's spirits but where his travels take him--whether it is up a tree, or up in the air and down again. Full-color illustrations.

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Up and down describe not only lovable Simpson Snail's spirits but where his travels take him--whether it is up a tree, or up in the air and down again. Full-color illustrations.

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Children's Literature - Judy Chernak
Perfect for beginning readers, these four short tales each emphasize our natural tendency to want something different than what we have or be different than what we are. In one, Simpson tries to cover up an error until he's just too weary to pretend any longer; then he discovers his friend is understanding, rather than critical, as he had feared. In another story, he dislikes his shell and tries many others before returning to the very best one of all, his own. Himmelman's illustrations are simple and quite charming; these are friends with whom a child would love to linger. A "Puffin Easy-to-Read" book, level 2. 1997 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- Simpson Snail is an endearing character, as are his friends Tucker Turtle and Gypsy Moth. Their friendship is much like that of Lobel's ``Frog and Toad'' (Harper) or Barbara Baker's Digby and Kate (Dutton, 1988)--a friendship filled with patience, kindness, and humor. Himmelman's softly executed watercolors add just the right images to the text and assist in moving readers forward. In one of the four stories, Simpson gets stuck in a tree and will not admit that he is stuck until he has missed breakfast, lunch, and supper. Fortunately, his friend Tucker finally rescues him, serving him the breakfast, lunch, and supper which he missed. The second story has Simpson searching for a new shell, only to discover that his old shell is just fine, once it is cleaned and shined. In the third story Simpson attempts to ``fly'' to the ocean, only to land in the water; again he is rescued by Tucker. In the final story, Simpson gives a statue of himself to Gypsy Moth, who then cannot play because she has to take care of the statue. They finally realize that the ``real'' friend is what each of them wants. A readable, soft, and gentle book that will attract beginning readers. --Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, IA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140387261
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
09/01/1997
Series:
Easy-to-Read, Puffin
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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