Every day, Snail waits for Fish to come home with a new story.
Today, Fish's story (about pirates!) is too grand to simply be told: Fish wants to show Snail. But that would mean leaving the familiar world of their book—a scary prospect for Snail, who would rather stay safely at home and pretend to be kittens. Fish scoffs that cats are boring; Snail snaps back. Is this book too small for the two feuding friends? Could this be THE END of The Story of Fish and Snail?
Deborah Freedman, author of Blue Chicken, has created a sweet and playful story about friendship that truly jumps off the page.
Freedman (Blue Chicken) continues to explore the idea of books as worlds unto themselves, playing with representing three-dimensional objects on two-dimensional pages. The timid snail of the title waits in a goldfish bowl that, readers will quickly see, is actually a spread in a picture book. Snail s friend Fish returns from his daily outing with an invitation: Ahoy, Snail! Guess what? I found a new book! Snail s not interested: I don t want to go into other books, he says. I like this book. Despite the offer of a secret treasure and a pirate ship, Snail won t budge, and the two part ways angrily: Fine, Snail. Good-bye. The end. Snail crawls to the edge of his book to see the new book far below, opened to a watery page. Fish? he calls uncertainly and then boldly leaps himself, in a moment of uncharacteristic bravery. The theme of books as doorways into rich new adventures couldn t be more vividly conveyed, and the resolution of the conflict between two sweet friends provides encouragement for other snails to try new things. Ages 3 5.
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Great illustrations and concept, light on content
Really? it's over already? I was left wanting so much more. ESPECIALLY for 12 BUCKS.