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PreSchool-Grade 2-Short sentences in large print are juxtaposed against colorful, close-up, watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Each accessible book begins with its title question and tells readers how they would experience life as that creature, keeping the familiar form of address throughout, e.g., "If you are [a ladybug], your parents look like this, and they eat-." The books briefly describe their subjects' birth, growth and development, a few outstanding physical and behavioral characteristics, diet, habitat, and natural enemies. The narratives then segue into a reality check, stating, "However, if your parents look a little like this-You are-a human child." Each title ends with a list of miscellaneous facts about the invertebrate discussed. While the texts are simply and clearly written, there are a couple of minor flaws. Ladybug fails to define the word aphid, although the soft-bodied insect is referred to several times, and Snail defines poison as "poisonous." Joanne Ryder's beautifully illustrated, lyrical The Snail's Spell (Puffin, 1988) serves as an excellent introduction for preschoolers, but Allen's titles will attract young nature lovers.
Karey Wehner, San Francisco Public Library
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Children's Literature
This book is an excellent read-aloud and with the help of an adult, a nice early reader for K-1 students. It would be a wonderful addition to an invertebrate, backyard animals or other animal science curriculum.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Backyard Books
  • Paperback: 31 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; Reprint edition (May 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753456044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753456040
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judy Allen is an award-winning author whose novel Awaiting Developments won the Whitbread Children's Novel Award. Judy Allen and illustrator Tudor Humphries created Kingfisher's award-winning Backyard Books series and many other successful books, including the Reading Rainbow selections Tiger and Seal.

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This book is great for use as a science book for kinder, 1st, and 2nd graders.
JP
Overall, the book has enough of a "twist" on a straight-forward science book to make it fun to read for parent and child alike.
Elisa's Mom
Our favorites are "Are you a Ladybug" and "Are you a Butterfly" but all books have been informative and fun to read!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robbie on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully illustrated picture book with just enough text to intrigue the preschooler or introduce the grade schooler to the world of a snail. As an elementary school teacher I recommend this book for an introduction to scientific studies of animal families as well as a motivational tool for writing lessons. Great for pre-kindergarten thru 3rd grades.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By H.M. Fonseca on August 28, 2005
Format: Paperback
I love reading books to my children, but I find that really great books are not always that easy to come by. By a really great book I mean something beautifully illustrated, easy and enjoyable for me to read out loud, and an interesting, educational subject. Of course my children (They are 4 and 6 and a half years old now, but I've been reading these books to them for over a year.) must enjoy the book too, otherwise I'll be reading my beautiful book to myself! I think in this backyard book series I have found all the aspects of a great children's book. The story is cute. It takes about the right amount of time to read aloud. It's educational in a very real way. (There are snails all over my garden for my children to see, and touch.) Now they know all about how snails live and what they really are. I'm looking forward to buying, and reading, more books in the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By faeriemoonmama on June 11, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 2 year old was going through a fear of insects (and snails) phase and this book helped tremendously. Not only did it educate her on the life cycle of the snail, but it did so without talking down to her. I read it to her 7 times when we first got it and right away her attitude toward snails changed. Now, she is quite happy to go visit them as they munch away on our garden vegetables...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elisa's Mom on July 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The uniqueness of this book is not in its information, it is in the presentation. The basic facts about snails --- their body parts, the food they eat, their enemies --- are included, but they are presented in second person as if your child were a snail.

The book begins with the question, "Are you a snail?" It then continues with all of the characteristics you would have if you were a snail. Each page contains short text along with vivid, detailed illustrations (not photos).

Overall, the book has enough of a "twist" on a straight-forward science book to make it fun to read for parent and child alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robbie on May 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully illustrated picture book with just enough text to intrigue the preschooler or introduce the grade schooler to the world of a snail. As an elementary school teacher I recommend this book for use during investigations of animal families or as a motivational tool for writing. The delightful text describes basic anatomy, habitat and predators. Contains an interesting facts page. Great for pre-kindergarten thru 3rd grades.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on October 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My Kindergarten class (5-6 yr.olds) loved this book! It's an imaginative way of approaching facts about snails, and the illustrations are beautiful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn Ripper on October 22, 2008
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
My son is 17 months old, and he loves 'nails-- as he calls 'em. So when we went to our local library to find another book on the subject, (He loves Ruth Brown's "Snail Trail") we were coming up empty-handed. Fortunately, this Backyard Book came to the rescue. A good children's author almost makes you feel like they are in the room chatting with you. Judy Allen's story of snail life is gently witty, informative, and beatiful to look at. My husband's interest was piqued, too. My son just kept murmuring "Nail!" as he looked at the pictures. He will definitely grow well into this one, and I intend to scout out the whole series. Bravo!
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