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Verdi

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  3,214 ratings  ·  179 reviews
The story of Verdi, everyone's new favorite snake, is told by David Holt, who won a Grammy for his recording of Cannon's previous book, "Stellaluna". 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. One day, though, Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretc ...more
48 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1997)
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Nadia
I read this book today to the Kindergarten class I am observing because it tied into the discussion they've been having for a while about the animals of the rainforest. My cooperating teacher thought this was an especially good time to read this book because it's about a python and they are studying the various types of snakes right now. Overall I thought the story was wonderful. The illustrations were beautiful and the kids were very engaged. The whole concept of a snake's point of view on molt ...more
Christina
I read this for my Children's Lit class, as I plan on becoming a librarian. The class isn't required but I see it coming in handy someday. For all the really frustrating, overly watered down and unimaginative children's books you find, there's always one or two jewels: this was one of those jewels.

Janell Cannon, the acclaimed author of Stellaluna, puts a new spin on the coming-of-age story by telling it through the eyes of Verdi the snake. When the mother snake sent her hatchlings out into the
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Debbie
Verdi is a young python, he is yellow with stripes and has no desire to grow up and grow green. He wants nothing but to jump, climb and keep moving around the jungle, never growing old, growing lazy and green. He wanted to keep his yellow skin and his stripes, but slowly the green started. All the while the older green snakes and other animals watched. They knew the feelings that Verdi was having, they remembered, so they tried to tell him stories to sooth him. Then, after he really had turned t ...more
Kasey O'brien
Verdi is a book that grown-ups and kids alike will love and relate to. Verdi is a young, yellow snake. He can move fast and do all sorts of neat tricks that the old and slow green snakes don't seem to be able to do. All they want to do is sit around and enjoy nature and talk, which is a young snakes's worst nightmare. Little Verdi's biggest fear in life is turning into a big green snake and becoming boring. When he sees the first signs of green in his skin he panics and does all sorts of crazy, ...more
Mariah Schlanger
This book is about a green tree python who does not want to grow up. He spends his time speeding around and launching himself off of tree branches. He looks down on the older snakes who are green, instead of yellow like him, because he thinks that they are boring. However over time he begins to age himself and starts to turn green. He fights this in every way he can think of, but eventually ends up accepting the end of his youth and realizes that just because he is getting older does not mean th ...more
Carson Gill
Verdi is a young, yellow snake who is scared to grow up and be a green snake. Every green snake he interacts with is boring, rude, and lazy. He wants to forever be young, fun, and active. When he saw the first signs of his body turning green, he tried to scrub it off. When he got muddy, he tried to leave the mud on because he thought it was better than being green. When those things didn't work, he tried to launch himself off of a tall branch hoping a combination of his quickness and the yellow ...more
Natalie
I love this book because it teaches an interesting lesson to children, without being boring. Verdi is a snake that is terrified to grow older because he doesn't want to lose his energy and fun lifestyle. The greener his scale gets, the older he becomes and he tries and tries to get "ride of" the green. Verdi becomes sad because he knows that he can't stop from growing up, however, towards the end of the book, Verdi realizes that he can still be full of energy and fun even when he is older. The b ...more
Madison Jones
Cannon 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 slumberously silent as he drapes on a branch in the tropical sun. When two very yellow, very small pythons chance upon him as he bas ...more
Angela Diamond
Title: Verdi by Janell Cannon; Published by Harcourt Brace & Company,1997

Summary: A young yellow python does not want to grow slow and boring like the older green snakes he sees in the tropical jungle where he lives. He does everything he can to keep himself from turning green, even attempting to leave mud on him until it ends up cracking off. When he eventually turns green he blends in so others creatures don't notice him but when two young yellow pythons doubt his ability to have fun, he s
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Jordan Brown
Verdi
Author and Illustrator: Janell Cannon
Reading Level: ages 5-10

Cannon, Janell (1997) Verdi Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Verdi is yet another masterpiece by children's author, Janell Cannon (also one of my personal favorites). It follows the story of a young snake, by the name of Verdi, who is horrified to discover his yellow skin is becoming green. He likes his yellow color and seeks various ways to be rid of the green color overtaking his skin. Eventually he accepts the change, excitedly
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Gina
Verdi is a book about a snake about a young snake who doesn't want to turn old and green. But the green began to develop. Verdi tried his best to stay yellow, and resist turning lazy. Then one day he was a green adult snake. When Verdi was an old green snake two young yellows came by and were talking about how lazy and yellow Verdi was. But Verdi decided to show them that he was still able to have fun, and they completed the triple figure eight.
The illustrations in Verdi are truly beautiful. Tho
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Brandy Falk
Summary:
Verdi is a great story about a little snake who doesn't want to grow up. His mother tells him to grow up big and green, but Verdi is determined to do just the opposite. All the green snakes he meets are lazy and boring; he wants to stay young, yellow, and full of fun and energy. Unfortunately, no matter what he does, he can't stop the inevitable green from making its way across his skin. Verdi does everything he can think of to erase it, catapulting himself through the treetops until: Wh
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Xander
What I loved about this story was that it was fun and made me not fear snakes. As a child I had a book of snakes, cut out in the shape of the snake on the cover in his tight coil. It was meant to educate, but it only made me fear them. I remember having to turn the pages by the corners.

In Verdi, you have a playful snake that doesn't want to grow old because to him that means he'll be boring and he'll lose his cool yellow skin and black stripes. It managed to make snakes beautiful to me. At the
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Amber
As this is written by the same author as Stellaluna, I assumed it would be a great story since I liked Stellaluna so much when I was younger. One thing about this book that really struck me is how realistic the illustrations are. They look almost like photographs of real snakes and had many details. I think this makes it more realistic for the reader, and anyone who loves snakes would enjoy it wholeheartedly. This book would also be good when learning about snakes in science because it talks abo ...more
Marsha
Ms. Cannon proves that no creature is too strange, too outré or too creepy to be beyond her pen (I fully expect her to write a humorous book about manatees someday). In this one she tackles the sly green tree python which lurks unmoving in trees before springing upon unwary prey. If you think that’s dull, so does Verdi…

Verdi is an inquisitive and active newborn python. His disdain of his lazy, rude elders and fears of winding up just like them are universal and thus bound to touch a cord with yo
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Rachel
We all grow up. In both physical ways, as well as in personality, Verdi does not want this change to occur though. In his efforts to remain childlike, and despite the warnings of his lazy elders, his rambunctious actions lead to an injury. It takes this unfortunate act, to finally make Verdi see how the adults were only trying to prevent him from being hurt like they were.

Once again, Cannon provides a combo-pack of a moral lesson wrapped in information about the animals. This time it is snakes,
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Morgan Forrest
Genre: Picture Book/Modern Fantasy
Lexile: 620
F&P Level: O
Age: Primary

Verdi is a wonderful children's book about a young python named Verdi. We follow the rambunctious Verdi through the jungle where he lives, as he flies through the trees and zips along vines. Verdi prays that he will never be like the older, green pythons who just bask in the sun all day. He scoffs at them and ignores their warnings that all his antics will eventually result in hurting himself. One day, after Verdi crashes
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Stephanie Delvecchio
Summary: Verdi is a proud python, flourishing in the flower of his youth. He loves to swiftly slither around the forest, brandishing his bright yellow skin, and can't fathom why anyone would want to be sleepy and green like the adult snakes he knows. Verdi insists, as so many youngsters do, "I will never be lazy, boring or green!" Despite his resolve to stay young, one day he notices a patch of green spreading down the length of his body. Verdi does everything he can think of to erase this first ...more
Kellie Deruwe
Verdi, written by Janell Cannon is also the author of Stellaluna. I decided to pick this book up because Stellaluna was one of my favorite books as a child. Verdi is about a little bright yellow snake with sporty stripes. Verdi loves the color of his skin but his mother tells him he needs to grow up big and green. One day he went out to try and understand why his mother wanted him to grow up big and green. All he found was the big green snakes were lazy and rude. Verdi did not want to become lik ...more
Alana
I know that Stellaluna is the first of this author's children's books, but I came upon Verdi first and as a result, it's my favorite of the two.
Verdi is a young, bright yellow python with sporty stripes... And he doesn't want to grow up to be big and green. All the green adult pythons are lazy and boring... They're too tired to play and Verdi wants to remain quick and young. But one day, a dreaded pale green stripe appears, telling him that his own green adulthood is nearly upon him -- and Verd
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Julia Jasztal
Mommy's review from 7/27/10 -


When we saw this on display at the library we both went right over to it. Julia is totally in love with reptiles right now so this front cover was really amazing to her.
I think my favorite part is when Verdi meets the two young snakes while sunning himself and decides to climb with them. The whole circle of life thing that Julia really didn't grasp on her own just yet did it for me.
We both liked the progress Verdi made in regards to getting older and changing into
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Cara
Another wonderful story from Janell Cannon, this time with a message about growing up. I truly love the way Cannon tells her stories, being creative, well written, and of course accompanied by stunning illustrations. Cannon always includes some notes about the animal that stars in the book that are great for learning a bit about the animal. As with all of Janell Cannon's book, I highly recommend Verdi to everyone.
Jon Van
Verdi is a colorful story about growing up and being happy with who you are. Little Verdi does not want to grow old like the lazy older snakes and spends his youth high flying through the trees. As he ages Verdi begins to enjoy the slowed down life.

Verdi is an excellent mentor text to use to show students how to use rich vocabulary words in writing.

Reading level 4.8
Nicole Agadoni
Verdi is a young python who suffers from Peter Pan syndrome. He wants to stay young and green forever! He views the older, yellow pythons as lazy and boring because all they ever do is lay around. As he comes of age and begins to molt, he gains wisdom and begins to relate to the yellow pythons. This is a wonderful story, and I really enjoyed the snake's point of view. It is relatable to students, and it is also factual. This could be used in a lesson about the animals of the rainforest or reptil ...more
Dawn

This is another beautiful story by Janell Cannon (author of Stellaluna). Reading this story reminded me of what it is like to share Bill Peet stories. There is vocabulary that is beyond the children, yet the story is easy for them to grasp. Children can relate well to Verdi who doesn't want to grow up because adults just don't really seem to have fun most of the time.
Megan Morris
This is a story about a snake being afraid to grow up. The snake finds that as you grow, you never have to actually grow up and become old and boring. The snake learns that you can always be yourself no matter what the circumstances. This book is great with the words and the pictures. The pictures were nice and bright and it is appealing to children. Children would love this book.
Remi
By the same author as Stellaluna, the story of Verdi is equally heart warming. It is a story about a young snake and his need to not turn green and become boring like all of the older snakes. The style of illustration is captivating. It uses vibrant pencil drawings draped on painted backgrounds that convey movement and excellent character depictions.
Amelia
I don't remember very much about the plot of this book but it had a major impact on my life. I had a nurse read it to me when I was younger and very sick. After listening to the story and then receiving the book from her, I decided I wanted to become a nurse. Today is the day I graduate from nursing school!
Wendy Daniel
Verdi is absolutely, hands down, one of my favorite books ever! The young snake that doesn't want to get old and lazy is a perfect way to increase children's (ages 3-8) vocabulary and their narrative skills. It's wonderful when Verdi realizes that he can still be active, but it's fine that he is growing up.
Haley Hunter
This is a cute story that I think a lot of people of all ages can relate to, I know I do. This not only has a great story but i also enjoy the pictures in the book. I would recommend this book over and over again for many different children. I also think the parents would like this book too.
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