Twelve Snails to One Lizard

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Mischief and measurement go hand in hand in this hilarious story about a beaver trying to fix the leak in his clam and the bull-frog who plays a big joke on him. What do twelve snails, three lizards, and one hungry snake have to do with Milo Beaver's leak and Bubba Bullfrog's joke? Well, it just so happens that these pond-side animals are the perfect tools for measuring . . . if only Milo can get them to stand still in a very straight line!

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Overview

Mischief and measurement go hand in hand in this hilarious story about a beaver trying to fix the leak in his clam and the bull-frog who plays a big joke on him. What do twelve snails, three lizards, and one hungry snake have to do with Milo Beaver's leak and Bubba Bullfrog's joke? Well, it just so happens that these pond-side animals are the perfect tools for measuring . . . if only Milo can get them to stand still in a very straight line!

Wonderfully funny art, a jolly text, and comic-like pages make this an ideal classroom and story hour title. A unique list of measurement facts about the animals featured in the book is included.

Bubba the bullfrog helps Milo the beaver build a dam by explaining to him the concepts of inches, feet, and yards.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Bubba Bullfrog and Milo Beaver are two calculating critters-calculating length, that is-in this quirky paper-over-board concept book. It's shades of the grasshopper and the ant as Bubba lounges while Milo busies himself assembling logs to mend a broken dam. Only when Bubba realizes that a properly constructed dam means more bugs for him to eat does he offer Milo some advice. Bubba first suggests using snails, then iguana lizards and finally one long snake to measure the length of the logs for the dam. The creatures clearly illustrate the concepts of inches, feet and yards, respectively, but are hilariously ill-suited to the job at hand. Bubba's trusty yardstick saves the dam-and saves Milo from complete frustration. First-time author Hightower's animal protagonists crackle with distinct personalities, helping and hindering, pushing and pulling each other to a perfect balance. Novak's (Mouse TV) winsome earth-toned acrylics once again amuse with lizards who juggle and hula, a beaver wearing a tool belt and a pair of picnicking mice who cavort on several spreads. He spices up the story's pacing with several pages of small but very funny small log-framed panels. A final note provides some nifty measurement facts about animals mentioned in the story.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Bubba Bullfrog and Milo Beaver are two calculating critterscalculating length, that isin this quirky paper-over-board concept book. It's shades of the grasshopper and the ant as Bubba lounges while Milo busies himself assembling logs to mend a broken dam. Only when Bubba realizes that a properly constructed dam means more bugs for him to eat does he offer Milo some advice. Bubba first suggests using snails, then iguana lizards and finally one long snake to measure the length of the logs for the dam. The creatures clearly illustrate the concepts of inches, feet and yards, respectively, but are hilariously ill-suited to the job at hand. Bubba's trusty yardstick saves the damand saves Milo from complete frustration. First-time author Hightower's animal protagonists crackle with distinct personalities, helping and hindering, pushing and pulling each other to a perfect balance. Novak's (Mouse TV) winsome earth-toned acrylics once again amuse with lizards who juggle and hula, a beaver wearing a tool belt and a pair of picnicking mice who cavort on several spreads. He spices up the story's pacing with several pages of small but very funny small log-framed panels. A final note provides some nifty measurement facts about animals mentioned in the story. Ages 4-7. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Melinda M. Sprinkle
Bubba, the bullfrog, and Milo, the beaver, are full of humor as well as mischief. Bubba helps Milo patch a dam by explaining the fundamentals of inches, feet, and yards. Together they use snails, lizards, and a snake to approximate the right length of tree branch. Bubba's whimsical behavior leads the reader on an adventure to help measure one yard of tree branch. If only they had a yard stick! How do these animals measure up? Join them on their journey to find out. Cute illustrations and diagrams show how easy measuring can be. A wonderful and creative way of introducing estimation and length to very young children.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2While youngsters will snicker at the goofy green iguanas, the multitudinous pink snails with their curly purple shells, Milo Beaver, Bubba Bullfrog, and Betty Jane Boa, they'll remain clueless to the process of measurement. Measuring is supposed to eliminate the approximation of an eyeball guesstimate, but the concept is garbled here. In Hightower's incremental world, an inch equals one snail. So, by extension, there are 36 snail-lengths corresponding to the measurement Milo needs to gnaw the three-foot-long log needed to patch his dam. At least that's intellectual (and lazy) Bubba Bullfrog's solution to dim bulb Milo's dilemma. The "solution" gets mathematicallyand logisticallyless complicated as longer animals become the larger units corresponding to a foot and a yard. But, regardless of the number of creatures required, the measuring tools all have their shortcomings as they wander off, act silly, threaten, or otherwise prove unwilling to line up and be counted. Ultimately, the appropriate lengths don't matter anyway since the joke's on Miloand readerswhen Bubba goes home and retrieves his yardstick to prove that Betty Jane is exactly one yard long. Like Hightower's text, Novak's simple and colorful acrylics are, unfortunately, uninspired.John Sigwald, Unger Memorial Library, Plainview, TX
Kirkus Reviews
A math lesson (inches, feet, and yards) in story form: Milo the Beaver needs to cut a branch exactly 36 inches long to bridge a gap in his dam. Bubba Frog suggests different ways of measuring it—line up 36 healthy snails, feelers to tails, or 3 iguana lizards, nose to tail, or Betty Jane Boa all by herself. But the snails are too slow lining up, the lizards are too frisky, Betty Jane is more interested in putting the squeeze on Milo, and it turns out that Bubba has a yardstick at home. It's all pretty silly, but the relationships between these three units of measure will probably stick in children's minds. Novak's acrylic-rendered critters share a family resemblance with certain Saturday-morning cartoons; a picnicking pair of mice straight from the pages of his Mouse TV (1994) are silent observers of all the shenanigans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689804526
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 137,555
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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