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Lizard's Guest [Library Binding]

George Shannon , Jose Aruego , Ariane Dewey

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Book Description

April 24 2003 Junior Library Guild Selection

Skunk is mischievous. Skunk is selfish. Skunk is bossy. Skunk is ... a skunk. So when Lizard stomps on Skunk's toes (purely by accident) you can be sure that Skunk won't forget it.

As it turns out, however, the only thing bigger than Skunk's silly grudge is Lizard's generous heart. For Lizard is a friend (a true friend), and as Skunk soon discovers, friends believe in making things right, no matter what it takes ...

Product Details

  • Library Binding: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Other (April 24 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060090847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060090845
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 20.8 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 336 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,794,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-Singing and dancing, Lizard inadvertently lands on Skunk's toes and tries to make amends: "Let me help you to my rock. I'll take care of you till you're as good as new." The reptile is so apologetic and accommodating that Skunk quickly takes advantage, sending him on errands for mud, grubs, and leaves for a fan. The color cartoon illustrations show the black-and-white striped skunk prancing about while his bright-green benefactor is away, and are a bouncy match for the humorous text and Lizard's energetic song, "zoli-o." The moral is treated in a lighthearted manner, which makes this a good choice for younger children, especially those acquainted with Shannon's Lizard's Home (Greenwillow, 1999) and Lizard's Song (Mulberry, 1992).
Andrea Tarr, Corona Public Library, CA
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

George Shannon has always felt close to frogs. "I was very frog-like when I was a kid," he says. "I was all long legs and long feet and nowhere to put them." Frogs have appeared in several of Mr. Shannon's previous books, including April Showers, illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. In fact, the poet says he wrote the twenty-four poems in this book because he wanted the frogs in April Showers to have more songs to dance to.He is the author of many books for young people, including three Stories to Solve books.George Shannon lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington. In His Own Words...

"It feels as though I have always been wrapped in stories and books. My parents read to me, and I in turn read to younger brothers. Books and family stories filled our home, and going to the library was as common as going to the market. I began writing stories when they were given as assignments in elementary school, but I came to enjoy the writing so much I began writing extra ones. Then I wrote even when there was no assignment at all. My dream of making books was so vivid I submitted my first "formal" children's manuscript to a publisher when I was sixteen. Eleven more years of school, work, reading, writing, and luck finally brought about Lizard's Song, my first children's book to be accepted.

"Looking back, it seems especially appropriate that Lizard's Song was my first book. Even though I had been writing for years, I always felt everyone else's life held better ideas for stories than mine did. I thought there was nothing about me that was interesting enough to make a good story. But I finally learned what Lizard teaches Bear. My best stories come when I tell or sing about what makes my home. What I love. What I fear Things that have happened to me, and things I hope will happen. Things I like about me. Things I dislike about me. Things I'm starting to understand. Things that still confuse me. And, always, the books and art and friends that make me feel at home. So even though I am not a lizard, squirrel, or dancing frog, when you read my books you'll find little bits of what my heart calls home tucked inside the stories.

"My years as a children's librarian and, later, a professional storyteller continue to influence my writing, whether it is a collection of folktales like Stories to Solve or original stories like Dance Away and April Showers. I want my stories to sound as if-they are being told out loud with the rhythm of the words providing as much emotion as the words themselves.

"I also write many things few people ever see. Sometimes I begin a story but, as with a puzzle, can't find the missing piece. So I file it away to grow into another story at another time. I am also constantly writing letters and postcards to friends, and daily filling pages in my journal with anything that sparks my mind-all possible "missing pieces" for writing-puzzles yet to come.

"One of my favorite proverbs is "less is more," though that may seem odd for someone six feet four inches tall, with feet that need a size thirteen shoe. But I truly believe it. Distilled art forms like haiku and sculpture by artists like Isamu Noguchi and William Edmondson have always been my favorites. I believe books for young readers fall beautifully into this area as well. The challenge of sharing a story in as few words as possible and with a vital theme inside a "light-hearted" plot is one I sense I'll always enjoy as surely as I do reading."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and clever Dec 4 2005
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this is a wonderful, clever book and a joy to read. Our 5 and 3 year olds enjoy the quirky songs, the lizard's resourceful thinking, and the skunk's ploys for sympathy! The illustrations are beautiful too.

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