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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Snailsworth peeked out from behind a leaf as the birds were soundly asleep, the crickets scraped their legs to send their secret message and the fireflies flashed their greetings to each other. Slowly Snailsworth made her way across a stepping stone toward an appetizing looking green vine. Then onward toward an old garden gate with a post that might lead to another enticing leaf. As she began to climb Rickety Cricket warned her it could be dangerous to climb so high and Hughy Hop-toad croaked nearby. At last Snailsworth reached the leaves that lured her up the post. They looked tasty as she took a bite and began to chew but tasty they weren’t and she quickly spit them out. Before she could find her way home she met a sedate snake and Millie Moth. Then Snailsworth saw the most amazing sight. She sat on the fence post enjoying the night until the first rays of light fell on her. Slowly she once again made her way down to post and back to the safety of her ivy knowing she had an adventure.
“Snailsworth: A Slow Little Story” written and illustrated by Tina Field Howe is a delightful tale. This tale celebrates learning to depend on yourself. The little snail learned several valuable lessons while on her journey: never be afraid to explore, and don’t let disappointment get you down because for Snailsworth the amazing site was worth the wait. “Snailsworth" is an endearing tale sure to please children and parents alike. The illustrations are beautifully done, hinting at night time in a tranquil garden. This will make a great bedtime story. "Snailsworth" comes in two formats, a physical book and an audio book.