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. Volume XIV Number 5 . . . . October 26, 2007
Half-day Wednesdays were going to be a bore for Lilly, but, with the newly caught garter snakes at the pet store, Wednesday afternoons are shaping up to be anything but. When the snakes go missing, Lilly is in for an afternoon she won’t soon forget—and the experience is one that changes her artistic ability for the better.
Lilly and the Snakes explores several issues important to children, including group dynamics among circles of friends, parental approaches regarding babysitters (or lack thereof), and feeling lonely. In and amongst these subtly explored subjects also lies factual information about snakes which will intrigue both boys and girls alike. The writing bounces along cheerfully, and while issues are never in-depth, the implied emotions and situations are enough to allow readers to explore them by paralleling their own experiences with Lilly’s. Comedic situations make this book thoroughly enjoyable, and children will enjoy reading it to themselves.
Sandi Harrison, who completed her Master of Arts in Children’s Literature at UBC in May 2007, is currently in the Education program at SFU.
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