Verdi

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Young Verdi doesn’t want to grow up big and green. He likes his bright yellow skin and sporty stripes. Besides, all the green snakes he meets are lazy, boring, and rude. When Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretching along his whole body, he tries every trick he can think of to get rid of it—and ends up in a heap of trouble. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns green, but to his delight, he discovers that being green doesn’t mean he has to stop being himself. “Cannon is on a roll, her gift for creating memorable ...

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Overview

Young Verdi doesn’t want to grow up big and green. He likes his bright yellow skin and sporty stripes. Besides, all the green snakes he meets are lazy, boring, and rude. When Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretching along his whole body, he tries every trick he can think of to get rid of it—and ends up in a heap of trouble. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns green, but to his delight, he discovers that being green doesn’t mean he has to stop being himself. “Cannon is on a roll, her gift for creating memorable characters and scenes on glorious display in this tale of a feisty python hatchling.”—Publishers Weekly

A young python does not want to grow slow and boring like the older snakes he sees in the tropical jungle where he lives.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
In this delightful story, a young python named Verdi loves his bright yellow skin and cannot understand why his mother wants him to grow up and become big and green. Proud of his saffron scales, he ventures up to the treetops to find out what's so great about being green. After meeting a group of lazy, boring, and rude green snakes, Verdi decides that green is out! While trying to maintain his lemon-colored skin, he ends up in a heap of trouble. Rescued by the older snakes, Verdi recuperates on a tree and listens to their interesting tales about their youth. Despite his efforts, he turns as green as the leaves on the trees and discovers that being green does not mean that he has to stop being himself. When he meets two young and very yellow pythons, he surprises them by doing a fancy figure eight. The same author/illustrator who created the award-winning book Stellaluna uses brilliant illustrations and well-crafted text to bring readers face-to-face with snakes and their different stages of development. Youngsters will treasure this colorful foray into the tropical world of slithery snakes.
Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
A funny, decidedly offbeat picture book, Verdi is about a young python who wants to remain quick and bright yellow his whole life. Who'd want to be big, green, slow and boring like the adult snakes? His refusal to grow up leads to some foolish behavior that nearly kills him; "neatly splinted to a branch" by his elders, he learns to appreciate the natural way of things while maintaining his youthful spirit. Kids will identify with Verdi's dealings with the bigger snakes; these "grownups" are too busy or too tired to play, and they're constantly admonishing him about his shortcomings. Hmmm.... Cannon's greeny-gold illustrations impart a nice jungly feeling, and the look of insane joy on Verdi's face as he slingshots through the air is priceless.
Kirkus Reviews
Cannon (Trupp, 1995, etc.) strikes a fragile balance between fact and fiction in her presentation of Verdi, a very small, bright yellow python who does not want to grow up into the adult snakes he knows: green, boring, and rude. He tries to race off, wash off, and cover up all signs of his own encroaching green, until an accident forces him to slow down. He grows up big and green and slumbrously silent as he drapes on a branch in the tropical sun. When two very yellow, very small pythons chance upon him as he basks, they fidget and whisper and snicker; rather than be annoyed, Verdi recognizes that "they're just like I used to be" and offers to show them the fancy figure eight he perfected, with some mishap, as a youngster. He may be an adult, but he's still the same old Verdi, he thinks, rejoicing—a delightful, airy thought to leave with young readers. Once again, the author's acrylic and colored pencil full-page drawings are carefully observed, apt, and radiant. An afterword provides sufficient information on snakes to appease those in search of deeper knowledge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152010287
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1997
  • Pages: 56
  • Sales rank: 60,114
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.31 (w) x 10.29 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Janell Cannon's picture books have won many awards and are beloved around the world. Before she became a full-time creator of books for children, she designed and produced summer reading programs at her local public library. Born and raised in Minnesota, Ms. Cannon now lives in Southern California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2013

    This is one of a series of wonderful books that highlight specie

    This is one of a series of wonderful books that highlight species that are often disdained or feared.  A delightful tale with excellent illustrations that keep you coming back to re-read the book with your children.  In the back is a page of information about the featured animal that is very interesting.  Waiting for the next book!  Keep writing, Ms Cannon!  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Verdi a big hit!

    My five year old grandson loved this book. We reread it often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2010

    Great Book

    My 4 year old son loves this book. We checked it out last year from the library for the first time. Everytime he sees it he wants me to read it to him. We checked it out so many times, that he wanted Santa to bring him the book for his very own.

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  • Posted June 14, 2009

    Great childrens book

    I bought this book for my daughter. She loved Stella Luna and figured this one would be good. She and I loved this one as well. It really is a great childrens book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2007

    Fantastic!

    Verdi is the whole package! The story is wonderful and the illustrations are magnificent. Children adore this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    I love it!

    I am 14 and even I LOVE THIS BOOK! I reccomend it to young readers and old, and it is my #2 fav. book, next to Stellaluna. This is a very, very good book. Yay!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2003

    My son loves this book.

    A simple story with beautiful pictures. My son visits his school library every week and he checks this book out almost every time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2000

    VERDI IS BEAUTIFUL

    Charming, enchanting, affirming. For young and old, a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2000

    Excellent for young kids!

    I think this is an excellent book for growing children! It teaches them that it is ok to be different.

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