Are You a Snail?

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Sally Snyder, Common Sense Media
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Kids learn science by pretending they're snails.

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What's the story?

Do you have a shell on your back? Are you slimy? The author holds children's attention and gives them a basic science lesson by having them pretend they are snails. Young children will be intrigued by the premise and the facts. Watercolor illustrations show the snail world.


Is it any good?

The basic information on the life of snails may intrigue children and prompt them to look in their yards for snails and insects. This book, part of the Backyard Books series, invites listeners to imagine themselves as snails, leaving a slimy trail, eating leaves, and avoiding thrushes and foxes. Watercolor illustrations on a white background show snail features clearly and depict an intriguing snail's-eye view of the world.

The last two pages give additional information on snails, such as that there are more than 60,000 different kinds of snails. However, one question is left unanswered: A page shows a slug and states that it is not a snail that has lost its shell. But what is not clear is how a snail looks without a shell.

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  • Families can talk about perspective. Think of another animal -- a bee, perhaps, or a giraffe -- and imagine seeing the world from that animal's point of view.

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