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As a young girl and her grandfather try to find the right kind of snake for a special Shawnee ceremony, illustrations show what a nearby green snake thinks about everything
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Neither a Shawnee girl nor the green snake that lives under the porch want to participate in the traditional snake ceremony that involves the young girl putting the snake in her mouth. (Best Books for Children, 7th ed.)From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-Grade 2-An excellent, well-illustrated look at a contemporary Shawnee custom. As four-year-old Mary Greyfeather gets ready to go fishing, her grandfather suggests that it is time to prepare for her green snake ceremony. Afraid of snakes, the girl is not at all sure that she wants to hold one in her mouth in order to gain strength and good luck. When the green snake living under the porch overhears this conversation, he is equally reluctant to end up in a human's mouth. This charming tale is really two stories simultaneously told in double-page spreads: as Grandpa, Mary, and her cousins look for the appropriate reptile in the woods, on a nature preserve, and even in a pet store, the green snake reacts comically to the words and actions of the humans. When the Greyfeathers finally give up their search and improvise with a pet-shop garter snake and a piece of green cloth, everyone-including the green snake-is happy with the results. The soft tones of the cartoonlike illustrations enhance the gentle humor of the story.
Lisa Mitten, University of Pittsburgh, PA
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Book Description Council Oak Books, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110933031890
Book Description Council Oak Books, 1995. Condition: New. Kim Doner (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0933031890