Title: The Story of Fish & Snail Author and Illustrator: Deborah Freedman Publisher: Viking Juvenile (June 13, 2013) Format: Hardcover; Pgs 40 Genre: Children's Source: Library Ages: 3 - 5 - Preschool to Kindergarten
This book might need a little explaining to your young dreamers, but then again, it might be interesting to hear their take on Fish & Snail.
Living together in a book, Fish is full of adventure and Snail likes the slower pace, the pace that involves staying in one place and sharing stories with princesses and kittens. Fish was cut out for more and when he finds a new book to be part of, a book with pirates, he tries to convince his best friend to join him.
This is where you can explain to your young reader that it is okay for friends to fight, because that is exactly what these two best chums do. Their fight is so epic that Fish leaves the book. Now what is Snail to do? His best friend is gone.
Deborah Freedman writes a clever tale showing that story characters just might have a mind of their own and want to create their own adventures. Told with the use of pastels set against the black and white world of books not yet opened, the reader is soon mesmerized by a very special world within a world.