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Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant)
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Small steps lead to big adventures for a pair of unlikely friends in this "charming modern fable" by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Crispin (Booklist). Avon the snail has never had an adventure....
Small steps lead to big adventures for a pair of unlikely friends in this "charming modern fable" by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Crispin (Booklist). Avon the snail has never had an adventure....
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  • Small steps lead to big adventures for a pair of unlikely friends in this "charming modern fable" by the Newbery Medal-winning author of Crispin (Booklist).

    Avon the snail has never had an adventure. And adventure, he has heard, is the key to a happy life. So he sets out on an exciting journey with his new pal, Edward, a thoughtful but misinformed ant. Together they meet all manner of wise, weird, and intriguing creatures—including a dragon!—and discover that even tiny adventures can broaden your view of the world.

    "This finely-spun fantasy...features ingenious wordplay and heartfelt proof of friendship's rewards."—Parenting magazine

About the Author-

  • AVI has written many acclaimed novels for middle grade and teen readers, including his Newbery Medal–winning Crispin: The Cross of Lead and his two Newbery Honor books, Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. He lives in Denver, Colorado.

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    has illustrated several picture books, including The Magic Hat by Mem Fox, Mrs. Spitzer's Garden by Edith Pattou, and her own Maebelle's Suitcase, Camilla's New Hairdo, and Bunnies in My Head. She lives in Galisteo, New Mexico.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 25, 2004
    Newbery medalist Avi (Crispin
    ) returns to animal fantasy with this gently humorous tale about two travelers in search of excitement, an earlier version of which appeared as a beginning reader (Snail Tale: The Adventures of a Rather Small Snail
    , 1972). Avon the snail wants adventures like the characters he reads about in books. He sets aside caution and heads out, immediately meeting Edward, a cocksure ant who has (mostly wrong) answers for all of Avon's worries. Avi's droll wit spices the rather quiet journey, as when Edward goes to formally greet his new friend: "When he realized Avon did not have hands, he shook one of his own. 'Pleased to meet you,' he said." Careful listeners will figure out the travelers' trip consists of the length of a long branch and will enjoy being in the know when Avon and Edward clearly aren't. What qualifies as excitement for this pair may not raise goose bumps on anybody else's skin—they mistake a mouse for a dragon ("good dragons disguise themselves as nice creatures, and bad dragons as nasty ones," Ant explains), and must "battle" an oncoming snail in order to pass one another on the narrow branch. But the bite-size chapters and the clever repartée make this a charming tale, and the occasional, slightly anthropomorphized pencil illustrations show Avon and Edward to be the friendliest of creatures. All ages.

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