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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A friendly and curious little snail goes out on a trail one day in the storybook Choopick: A Tale of a Little Snail by Tal Shimizu. It goes to the golden bees and asks them whether they can take a break for a while to play. The bees refuse, saying they have no time to play. It then runs into a magical creature that rolls its eyes and its zipping tongue catches flies. The snail admires the butterfly's wings which are like a piece of art, graceful and gentle in every part. The little snail watches the spider weaving its web. The snail wonders if it has any special talents. Read the story to learn if the snail has any special tools like the other creatures he sees.
The idea of having a bilingual book for children is always good as it reaches out to a larger audience, just like this one which is in English and Japanese. I like the illustrations as they give clarity to the author’s concept and words. The pictures are bright and colorful and make the scenes vivid. It is a good book for children as it helps them understand and appreciate their uniqueness. Educators, tutors, and parents can use the story to make children understand that it is all right to have different skills and how to use these to their advantage. Books like this are good for children to encourage and uplift them and give them self-confidence to face the world with whatever talents they possess.