A Slow Little Story

Children - Picture Book
24 Pages
Reviewed on 06/08/2013
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Author Biography

Tina Field Howe lives in Waverly, New York. Her first book was Snailsworth, a slow little story. She wrote and illustrated this children’s picture book in 2004. Tina’s first novel, Alysa of the Fields, Book One in the Tellings of Xunar-kun (SHOO-nahr-KOON), won the 2006 Dream Realm Awards for Cover Art.

The second book in the series – The TrailFolk of Xunar-kun – won First Place in The 2009 Written Art Awards, Science Fiction category; and Silver in the 2011 Readers' Favorite Awards.

Tina received a 2009 Artist Crossroads Grant from The ARTs Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and NYSCA to create an audio book of Alysa of the Fields. She cast 42 actors in the character roles and lent her own voice to the narration. She recorded and edited the 8 CD audio book in her home studio. It was released in 2010 and has won three awards: Gold in Readers' Favorite, Silver in Mom's Choice, and First Place in Reader Views.

Tina has been a freelance communications designer since 1995. She creates everything from web content and graphics to business communications, and has published illustrations internationally in several books and other media. Tina has been involved in digital graphic design since the ‘90s and for most of her life has been creating artwork in some form. She became serious about writing during the 1980s.

Tina holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and a Minor in Art. Her favorite college studies incl

    Book Review

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.