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The Snail's Spell

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  8 reviews
"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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Liz Todd
Such an awesome old book. We learned lots of cool things about snails AND.. had a fun time pretending to be a snail. Great for visualizing!
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.
Christina Robbins
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!
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!)
i loved this book! when i read it as a little kid i thought it was magical. loved the illustrations inside. definitely a book id recommend to little kids.
Use with Snail Trails lesson plan for math has an introduction.
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