Snailsworth

Snailsworth

A Slow Little Story

Fiction - Audiobook
24 Pages
Reviewed on 06/09/2013
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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.
In addition to writing stories, poetry and screenplays, 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.

Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

“Snailsworth: A Slow Little Story” written and illustrated by Tina Field Howe is an enchanting tale inspired by the author’s own courtyard, complete with her own stepping-stone path, ivy and garden gate. This is the story of one tiny but inquisitive snail setting out on a journey to discover sights unseen.

This tale rejoices in learning to depend on oneself. The little snail learned several valuable lessons while on her journey> Here are spome of them: always take journeys (if you don’t you will never know what you are missing), sometimes the best is right in front of you, never be afraid to explore, and don’t let disappointment get you down because for Snailsworth the amazing site was worth the wait. Within the illustrated area the reader will find an appealing poem. Children love the sound of rhymes as they are read to them. There is something about the rhythm that soothes and calms them. The story is told in the text in the white section along the side of the page, making this two stories in one. “Snailsworth: A Slow Little Story” 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. The audio book will please children at nap or bed time. The words are soothing and peaceful, calming children as they settle in for rest. I believe the author is the narrator; her voice is very soothing and lends ambiance to the text.