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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 and up
  • Series: Magic Ribbon Book
  • Hardcover: 16 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Brdbk edition (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761163603
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761163602
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Schwartz and Wilensky combine a satisfying tactile experience with a lighthearted lesson on size and color recognition, well-suited for preschoolers.”
-Publishers Weekly

 “With clever text that recalls 'Put Me in the Zoo,' this book is one young children will enjoy tugging, er, reading.”
- The New York Times Children’s Book Review

“sturdy, ingenious—and winning,” - Kirkus Reviews

“A lovely book which uses ribbons to illustrate the cute story about a growing snake.” - Kiwi Magazine

Gold Winner National Parenting Publications Awards

 “Brilliantly imagined and durably produced, this snake truly is splendid. This is a clever story of a newborn snake whose spots change colors as it grows and grows right before the readers eyes. A wildly exciting book-but watch out. Before you know it, this sweet little snake has grown to be at least a yard long! Fabulous Bookmaking”

2011 PAL Award Winner

"The magic ribbon snake was easily the highlight of the book for kids. A great choice for an interractive read-aloud for your preschooler. . ."  -Sherry Artemenko, Play on Words

About the Author

Alexander Wilensky and Betty Ann Schwartz are the authors of What Makes a Rainbow and other children’s novelty books. They are married and live in New York City.


Betty Ann Schwartz and Alexander Wilensky are the authors of What Makes a Rainbow and other children’s novelty books. They are married and live in New York City.

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It is simple great tool for learning basic colors.
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I bought this beautiful book for my 2 1/2 year old grandson.
Roberta Curry
He has me read it multiple times a night before bed.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pleased on October 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I am a pediatric speech-language pathologist and this is one of my favorite new books! This book is great for teaching colors, rhyming, and for us SLPs it great for teaching "s-blends" (e.g., snake, spots). Such a fun and engaging book, I definitely recommend it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Jennifer on November 28, 2012
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When I purchased this book, I was a bit cautious about buying it with the gimmick unseen. I needn't have worried - this one is a winner. Since others many have the same concern, I'll see if I can explain:

As a page is turned, a short length of ribbon stretches between the two open pages. As more pages are turned, new lengths of ribbon appear in rows from top to bottom, always with polka dots of a new color to make them unique. The image appears to be a snake that is at first just one length of ribbon long but then turns on itself to allow additional lengths to be added.

The last page is truly special: all the rows of ribbon are represented, but the colored dots are now variegated throughout the entire length, signifying that the snake has finished his growing.

The ribbon is secure in the pages - it's stood up very well and the book has been fascinating to my grandson. I'd gladly recommend this to any parent or grandparent who wants a little something more than a regular picture book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By anthony sherin on October 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
At a time when bookstores are disappearing and it is harder and harder to find high-quality books for my 4 yr. old, I'm thrilled to report a new discovery. It is beautifully made and the design is brilliant. The most important critic is my daughter and she is enchanted by Splendid Spotted Snake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Grange on February 7, 2012
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I used this book with my kindergarten students to introduce the idea of being different. I especially like it because it addresses changes that come with growing up. The simple text compliments the bright illustrations beautifully, allowing the deceptively simple art to speak for itself. The students got a really big kick out the growing snake and the different colors. The ending was a nice surprise as well. I definitely plan to use this book again in the future (not least of all because I get a kick out of the very colorful growing snake also).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Klingsten on February 2, 2013
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This is currently our son's favorite book. He is just over a year old. Because of this book, he already shows obvious signs he knows quite a few colors and sometimes says blue and red. Our son loves to figure out how things work and will sit and turn the pages in this book daily for long periods of time. The ribbons in the book are well attached and sturdy, and I except the book will continue to be read for years to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Curry on August 15, 2013
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I bought this beautiful book for my 2 1/2 year old grandson. He loves it. I am using this book to help teach him his colors. He can now correctly "read" this book back to me. He likes to feel the ribbon. The pages are very thick and sturdy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee on April 17, 2013
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My granddaughter has had her father read her this book at least 400 times since she received it.
Her color understanding has also been noticeably improved.
Great concept and lots of fun!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D37 on April 10, 2013
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My two year old grandson loves this book, and wants us to read it everytime he comes. He's fascinated with the different colors and how the snake grows everytime you turn the page
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