A snake in the house

by McNulty, Faith.

Format: Print Book 1994
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
Available (2)
Location Collection Call #
Bethel Park Public Library Picture Books PB McNULTY Faith
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Picture Books
Call Number  PB McNULTY Faith
Shaler North Hills Library Juvenile Picture Book j PICT BK MCN
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Picture Book
Call Number  j PICT BK MCN
An escaped snake finds many clever places to hide throughout a house, while the boy who brought him home continues to search for him.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5-9. A boy catches a garter snake by a pond and brings it home in a jar. The snake escapes into the house and spends several days "searching for a way out, a way back to the pond." Eventually, the snake hides in a fishing basket that the boy takes down to the water. When the snake emerges, the surprised boy picks it up: "There was so much power in its tiny body; its will to be free was so strong, that the boy, in amazement, let go." The text and watercolors tell the story from the point of view of the snake, giving the tale an unusual twist, and the large typeface and bright supporting paintings will appeal to young readers as much as the suspenseful, satisfying story. ~--Janice Del Negro"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Sun-dappled watercolors illuminate this ecologically minded prose poem. A boy captures a snake (``no bigger around than a pencil'') and takes it home, where it slithers free, into unknown territory. McNulty presents the domestic terrain from the snake's perspective: claws of cats and snouts of vacuum cleaners are local predators, and human feet are always near. By chance, the boy returns the snake to its natural habitat, where he realizes both the snake's beauty and his own cruelty. Rand's illustrations quicken the narrative with their deft suggestion of motion. Some compositions approximate still lives (a sewing basket, a jumble of shoes) but for the snake's flicker of movement, while others surge with activity. Especially attractive are riverbank scenes in muted greens and earth tones; in these the promise of a summer day is very nearly tangible. Ages 3-8. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Snakes -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Scholastic,1994
Contributors Rand, Ted.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 27 cm
ISBN 0590447580
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