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The Snake's Tale: Marguerite Davol, Yumi Heo (Illustrator)

The Snake's Tale

Marguerite Davol, Yumi Heo (Illustrator)

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ISBN 10: 043931769X / ISBN 13: 9780439317696
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NY: Orchard Books, 2002. Hard Cover w/ DJ. First Edition, first printing (stated with number line starting with #1). SIGNED by illustrator Yumi Heo on title page. 10 x 10 inches. Text is clean and bright, no markings. Book and DJ condition: Mint in mylar jacket. All orders are carefully packaged and shipped quickly. Thank you. Bookseller Inventory # 4546

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Title: The Snake's Tale

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

Edition: 1st Edition...

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A highly-acclaimed author and illustrator join forces to bring readers this original folktale, which explains how stories began to be told.

In this folktale, Beno and his sister Allita live in a time before there were stories. One day, they meet a snake who promises to tell them stories in exchange for the berries they've picked. He tells them how the stars once were bees, and what makes a rose smell sweet; he tells stories about what makes the sky blue, and why frogs croak.
The children tell their parents about stories, and about the snake's tales. Like a snake that sheds its skin, this family's life comes alive with color as they learn the value of storytelling.

From Publishers Weekly:

A smooth-tongued snake takes on the role of tempter and raconteur in a pleasing original story inspired by a Native American folktale. "Once upon the time of no stories," begins Davol (The Paper Dragon), creating and maintaining an appropriately timeless aura. On separate occasions, siblings Beno and Allita are individually sent by their mother to gather fruit for the family. Each encounters a sly snake that offers to tell them stories in return for the fruit they've just picked. As neither child has ever heard a story before, each accepts the snake's offer and is regaled with various myths and dramatic accounts. Mama and Papa, while deprived of strawberries and raspberries, are eventually rewarded with the entertaining fare that Beno and Allita have collected instead. Davol's folktale rhythm and simple imagery are just right for a tale about the origin of story. Heo (One Sunday Morning) creates a smiling, blank-eyed clan that recall wooden dolls. Her cheerfully cluttered pencil-and-oil compositions hum with activity. Drawing her subjects first people, chickens, fireflies, apple trees then painting background colors around them and leaving bits of white paper exposed, Heo gives her work extra pop. Ages 5-9.
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