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Verdi (Paperback)

Author:  Janell Cannon
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0152010289
ISBN-13: 9780152010287
Sku: 30019407
Publish Date: 6/1/1997
Sales Rank: 10207
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 10.75H x 10.25L x 0.5T
Pages:  56
Age Range:  8 to 14
On a small tropical island, the sun rose high above the steamy jungle. (from the first line)
A tale by the author of Stellaluna introduces young Verdi, a tiny spotted snake who is sent out into the jungle to grow up big and strong and who finds grown-up snakes so unpleasant that he simply refuses to turn green. *Author: Cannon, Janell *Publication Date: 1997/04/01 *Binding Type: School And Library *Grade Level: 2-3 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 10.25 *Height: 10.75
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Young Verdi doesn't want to grow up to be big and green. He likes bright yellow skin and sporty stripes. Besides, all the green snakes he meets are lazy, boring, and rude. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns as green as the leaves on the trees, but to his delight, he discovers that being green doesn't mean he has to stop being himself. Full color.
Verdi the snake just adores his bright yellow skin and lovely brown stripes, so he is horrified to discover that when he grows up, he will change into a green snake with no stripes at all. Determined to retain his yellow color, Verdi does everything he can think of to keep himself from turning green. Will he learn that changing colors doesn't mean he has to stop being himself? The illustrations were created with acrylic paints and colored pencils.
Author Bio
Janell Cannon
Before Janell Cannon began writing and illustrating picture books about wildlife, she worked in a public library where her love of animals inspired her to create summer reading programs and activities related to many unusual creatures including bats, Komodo dragons, and snakes. One day, while researching information about bats, she discovered that there were very few books about them available for children--that's when she made the decision to write stories about these "weird" and "frightening" animals herself. But besides just writing stories, Janell felt that it was important that she portray these creatures in a way that children would begin to understand them, not fear them. Her first book, STELLALUNA, published in 1994, did just that: a small bat meets three birds, and they all become fast friends, the bat proving its loyalty and friendship during hard times. She thought it was a good story, but little did she know that it would become a bestseller that would sell more than 900,000 copies! After the success of the book, she quit her job at the library so she could spend more time writing and drawing stories for children. Throughout her career, Janell has been honored with several awards for her books including an IRA-CBC Children's Choice Award, NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and a Buckeye Children's Book Award.


Kirkus Reviews
"...the author's acrylic and colored pencil full-page drawings are carefully observed, apt, and radiant." 04/01/1997

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"In this take on the generation gap, snake-style, Cannon again puts to good use her artistry with luminescent acrylic paintings....This pythonesque tale of midlife crisis may have as much appeal at the nursing home as it does at the nursery school." - Pat Mathews June 1997

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   04
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0056
Product attributePublisher:   Harcourt Children's Books
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