Book - 2004 | Spanish
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A young python does not want to grow slow and boring like the older snakes he sees in the tropical jungle where he lives, but only time will tell.
Publisher: Barcelona : Editorial Juventud, 2004, c1997
Edition: 6a. ed
ISBN: 9788426130426
Characteristics: [48] p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Dauer, Herminia


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FindingJane Jan 14, 2015

Ms. Cannon proves that no creature is too strange, too outré or too creepy to be beyond her pen (I fully expect her to write a humorous book about manatees someday). In this one she tackles the sly green tree python which lurks unmoving in trees before springing upon unwary prey. If you think that’s dull, so does Verdi…

Verdi is an inquisitive and active newborn python. His disdain of his lazy, rude elders and fears of winding up just like them are universal and thus bound to touch a cord with youthful readers. His misadventures to prevent growing up and losing his lovely yellow color are amusing to read. His learning and acceptance of his inevitable maturity is shrewdly done and stirring. He also discovers that growing up doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning the things you love and that’s a sweet message on which to end.

The tale is as usual, accompanied by Ms. Cannon’s vivid, artfully rendered color illustrations as well as the black-and-white drawings that function as whimsical fillers to the storyline. In the back is also text about snakes in general and the green tree python in particular. “Verdi” is yet another well written, great-looking picture book for Ms. Cannon’s fans.


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