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Verdi [Hardcover]

By Janell Cannon (Author)
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Item description for Verdi by Janell Cannon...

A young python does not want to grow slow and boring like the older snakes he sees in the tropical jungle where he lives

Publishers Description
Young Verdi doesn't want to grow up big and green. He likes his bright yellow skin and sporty stripes. Besides, all the green snakes he meets are lazy, boring, and rude. When Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretching along his whole body, he tries every trick he can think of to get rid of it--and ends up in a heap of trouble. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns green, but to his delight, he discovers that being green doesn't mean he has to stop being himself. "Cannon is on a roll, her gift for creating memorable characters and scenes on glorious display in this tale of a feisty python hatchling."--"Publishers Weekly"

Awards and Recognitions
Verdi by Janell Cannon has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award - 2000 Winner - Young Reader category
  • Bluebonnet Awards - 1999 Winner - Children's category
  • Bookseller's Choice - 1998 Winner - Picture Book category
  • Georgia Children's Book Award - 2001 Winner - Picture Storybook category
  • Buckeye Children's Book Award - 1999 Winner - Grades K-2 category
  • North Carolina Children's Book Award - 1999 Winner - Picture Book category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Verdi by Janell Cannon has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 832
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/17/1997 page 219
  • Booklist - 04/15/1997 page 1434
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 04/01/1997 page 551
  • School Library Journal - 05/01/1997 page 93
  • New York Times - 06/01/1997 page 36
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/1997 page 289
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 577
  • Publishers Weekly - 02/18/1997

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Harcourt Children's Books
Pages   56
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.29" Width: 10.31" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 1997
Publisher   Harcourt Children's Books
Age  4-8
ISBN  0152010289  
ISBN13  9780152010287  

Availability  21 units.
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More About Janell Cannon

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JANELL CANNON is the award-winning author and illustrator of picture books about unappreciated and fascinating creatures, including Crickwing, Verdi, and the beloved bestseller Stellaluna. She lives in Southern California.

Janell Cannon currently resides in the state of California. Janell Cannon was born in 1957.

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3Books > Subjects > Children > Animals > Reptiles & Amphibians > Fiction
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Reviews - What do customers think about Verdi?

Fabulous book, great lessons  May 2, 2008
My son and I love all of Janell Cannon's books. They're beautifully illustrated and generally have some wonderful lessons in them as well.
This is a wonderfully written story of a young python, a young yellow python, who does not want to grow old a boring like the adult green pythons he see around him. The art work in this slender book is absolutely breath taking. The artist has blended his colors perfectly and created life like studies of these wonderful snakes but not life like situations as far as the snake world goes. This is the charm of the story. Few, if any, want to actually grow older and kids in particular do not want to do and act as "boring" adults. This tale lets the child know that we all can keep our child like wonder and love of fun into our adult years. I read this one to the second and third graders and they catch the meaning of the story quite well with a bit of prompting. They love the pictures, in particular the ones where the author has made the snakes rather hard to spot. I also not that this is one of the more popular books chosen by the children when they have their "read alone time." An endorsement of a children by children is as about as good as it gets. I must say though, adults will enjoy reading this with the children also which I feel is important as kids can sort of sense when your heart is not really in the reading. Recommend this one highly. Very much recommend you add this one to your child's collection or to your school library.
VERDI  Jan 17, 2007
Beautifully written and illustrated book for children of all ages with a wonderful message.
Great book!  Nov 10, 2006
I bought this book for my four year old daughter. She loves it and wants me to read it to her over and over. She loves the story and the colors in the book. I love the educational and fun value that the book provides. I would highly recommend the book to other parents.
verdi good!, but not stellaluna  Sep 6, 2006
My 7 1/2 yr old 2nd grade daughter & I read Stellaluna off her summer reading list. I had heard of/seen this book around, but it had never grabbed me. I was quite surprized at the fabulous illustrations, the story that draws you in, & the author's ability to make a bat lovable. I was eager to read Verdi, expecting the same experience. I thought the story was OK & the illustrations beautiful, but the story itself lacked depth to me. The young whippersnapper & wise old sage qualities hit me as being more relevant to an adult reader. Children can not adequately appreciate the age contrast, & how quickly time passes, & how we all become more boring & old than our young minds thought we would. Curiously, my daughter liked Verdi as well, if not better than Stellaluna. To each his own - read & see what you think.

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