Title: The Story of Fish and Snail
Author/Illustrator: Deborah Freedman
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: June 13, 2013
Format: Picture Book
For ages: 3-5
Fish’s story is too elaborate to be told and Fish wants to show Snail. But, that would mean that Snail would have to leave his comfort zone – which is a scary thought for Snail. He’d rather stay in his familiar and safe environment and pretend to be kittens. But, Fish tries to persuade Snail and they start an argument. Will they still be friends at the end?
Fish and Snail are best friends and sometimes friends have arguments. The colourful drawings make this book such at treat to read. The use of “book” metaphor is what a librarian loves to hear in a story. Snail doesn’t want to leave the comfort zone of the book, while Fish leaps in and out of pages. This book wouldn’t be my favourite to choose in storytimes, but it does have a great message of friendship.