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The Snail's Spell
"Brilliant illustrations and a short text invite an unnamed sleeping, pajama-clad child into a garden teeming with wildlife. The boy gradually shrinks until he is so small he experiences things as a snail would. The incredibly detailed drawings and the idea of shrinking to enter another world should capture children's imaginations".--School Library Journal.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 1988 by Turtleback Books
(first published January 1st 1982)
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Beautiful, but to be honest some kids might find it boring - the adult sharer should bring enthusiasm. I like that the child could be a girl or a boy. I do not like that (in my edition, at least), the seam brought part of the picture into the binding, including once the companion snail itself.
Mar 29, 2013 Tasia rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This would be good for a kindergarten class. I do like stories that make kids think about those creatures with bad reputations-- snails don't strike most as being cute or relatable. I'd like to see if my class could imagine themselves being snails. Maybe then they wouldn't strike up a chorus of "ewwww!" every time they're mentioned.
Throughout the book it has beautiful colorful pictures of the garden. It allows the children to use their imaginations in becoming a snail. By describing step by step it allows you to actually think you are becoming a snail. I feel like the book is very calm and peaceful and you feel like you are in that garden while reading.
This book was given an award for an "Outstanding Science Book for Young Children" by the New York Academy of Sciences. It takes you on a journey of what it's like to be a snail in a garden. Great illustrations - and I love snails (except in my own garden). Thanks to Morgan for sending us this great book!
Aug 23, 2011 Turrean rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Lovely for a preK storytime. Would be perfect paired with a nonfiction on snails and other garden creatures. The book lends itself to some playacting (lets be snails!)
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