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Friends: Snake and Lizard Hardcover – Aug 1 2011
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About the Author
Joy Cowley began to write for children as a way to help her son with his reading. Since then, she has written over 400 books for early readers, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book winner Red-Eyed Tree Frog, Mrs. Wishy-Washy, Big Moon Tortilla, and Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey . Her latest title is Chameleon, Chameleon, which is a follow-up to the Red-Eyed Tree Frog. She currently writes for both adults and children.
In grade school, Joy was struggled with reading. However, when she discovered the adventures found in books, she “forgot” that she couldn’t read. “By the age of 11, I was a book addict who haunted the local library,” says Joy. “And like all children who over-dose on reading, I penned the overflow. Writing too, became an addiction.”
She married a farmer when she was twenty-years-old, lived on a dairy farm and raised four children. “During those years I milked cows, changed diapers, made puppets and play dough and wrote short stories in the evenings.” Joy states. An editor in New York read one of those stories, reprinted in Short Story International. That query led to five novels for adults. She was also writing stories for her son Edward, who was a slow reader. These little stories made their way to other children, other schools and by the early 1970s, teachers were making “big books” from them to use with their students. “Can you get these stories published?” they asked.
Joy is still writing full-time. These days the creative hours are divided between adult writing — articles, spiritual reflection material, stories and novels — and books for children.
Joy Cowley lives in New Zealand with her family.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
The stories inside deal with the friendship of Snake and Lizard, who live in a desert and have not-so-remarkable adventures, which is not to say the book is boring. However, what is remarkable to a couple of cold-blooded desert dwellers is old hat to humans who have seen more of the world. Their naiveté is charming and the stories are cute, filled with fun. Many of them have valuable, but not preachy, lessons about friendship, how to treat others, lying, exaggeration, etc.
I believe this is the second in a series, but you won't suffer from confusion if you start with this one first. Overall, a sweet and funny read.
Readers will enjoy when the friends discover what the monsters on four round legs eat! And when they explain the `life-cycle' (humorous and informative at the same time)
You can see examples of the word play and humor here from the book:
"The suspicions became so real in Lizard's head, they were like memories"
" `What is the difference between a flea and a snake?' - `A snake crawls on its own stomach.'"
"`Is this story? Or is it true?' `It is both, one hundred percent,' said Lizard."
In Summary: Delightful word play and colorful illustrations make this book a wonderful read while teaching lessons of friendship and nature.
Reading Level: Ages 7 to 10
Disclaimer:Thank you to NetGalley for sending me a digital review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read this book.