Verdi

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When the young tree python's mother tells him to grow up big and green, Verdi can't imagine why. All the big green snakes seem lazy, boring, and rude. Besides, he really loves his bright yellow skin. So Verdi decides he simply won't turn green. Oh oh!

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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Overview

When the young tree python's mother tells him to grow up big and green, Verdi can't imagine why. All the big green snakes seem lazy, boring, and rude. Besides, he really loves his bright yellow skin. So Verdi decides he simply won't turn green. Oh oh!

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.
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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: 9789579828161
  • Publisher: He Ying Chu Ban She/Tsai Fong Books
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Language: Chinese
  • Pages: 46
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (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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