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Snail Crossing



written and illustrated by
Corey R. Tabor

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Balzer + Bray
ISBN
9780062878007
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When Snail spies a plump, crisp cabbage across the road, nothing will stop him—not a speeding car or even a hungry crow. But then kindhearted Snail stops to help a crew of antsy ants in a rainstorm, and he loses his way. Will he ever get his leafy treat?

In a book as cheerful and charming as Snail himself, Corey Tabor tells a winning tale of slow but steady Snail, whose determination and kindness bring him the best reward of all: friendship.

Full-color illustrations created with pencil, watercolor, colored pencil, and ink, and assembled digitally.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

40

Trim Size

10" x 10"

Dewey

E

AR

2.3: points 0.5

Lexile

AD480L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Mar 2020

Book Genres

Picture Book

Topics

Snails. Ants. Friendship. Determination. Kindness. Humorous stories.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Publishers Weekly*, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, The Horn Book Magazine, School Library Journal*

School Library Journal

Snail is a likable protagonist who spots some cabbages and is determined to get one. Unfortunately, the field of cabbages he has spied is all the way across a busy road. Snails of course, are well known for being terribly slow. Nonetheless, he sets off across the road, never thinking about the adventures that await him. He just misses getting squished by a car and is nearly eaten by a crow. Reader gets a sense of Snail’s slow pace by the slime trail he leaves behind. At one point he thinks he’s traveled so far, but the slime indicates he has gone almost no distance at all. Rather than pointing out his slowness in the text, the slime trail lets the child figure out the joke. Despite being laser-focused on the cabbages, Snail stops to shelter some ants in his shell during a rain shower. In all the hubbub, he gets turned around and slimes his way back to where he started. The grateful ants return the kindness and bring a cabbage right to Snail. The artwork, done in watercolor and pencils, is just right for a picture book—it tells a good part of the story. Tabor’s writing is also notable, especially when read aloud. This is a wonderfully wacky story of determination, kindness, and friendship that children will love. It’s funny and clever and provides a showcase for snails the world over. A must-buy for most libraries.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

Snail is a likable protagonist who spots some cabbages and is determined to get one. Unfortunately, the field of cabbages he has spied is all the way across a busy road. Snails of course, are well known for being terribly slow. Nonetheless, he sets off across the road, never thinking about the adventures that await him. He just misses getting squished by a car and is nearly eaten by a crow. Reader gets a sense of Snail’s slow pace by the slime trail he leaves behind. At one point he thinks he’s traveled so far, but the slime indicates he has gone almost no distance at all. Rather than pointing out his slowness in the text, the slime trail lets the child figure out the joke. Despite being laser-focused on the cabbages, Snail stops to shelter some ants in his shell during a rain shower. In all the hubbub, he gets turned around and slimes his way back to where he started. The grateful ants return the kindness and bring a cabbage right to Snail. The artwork, done in watercolor and pencils, is just right for a picture book—it tells a good part of the story. Tabor’s writing is also notable, especially when read aloud. This is a wonderfully wacky story of determination, kindness, and friendship that children will love. It’s funny and clever and provides a showcase for snails the world over. A must-buy for most libraries.

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