Annie's Snails by Dianne Wolfer
Published by Walker Books Australia
One of a range in the Walker Stories set, 'Annie's Snails' is an endearing story of a little girl and her adventures with her beloved pet snails. In three chapters, this edition includes appropriately-aged, flowing language that is aimed at building confident young readers.
A fun-loving Annie isn't afraid to get dirty, busting to splish and splosh in the puddles in search of new friends in the garden. Soon she is the proud owner of Nick, Sam, Kate, Ally, Tom and Harry. After silvery snail trail games, Annie places the slimy molluscs into an ice-cream container for the night.
To her dismay, she finds that the snails have escaped. But with her imagination and creativity, Annie and her brother Max embark on an expedition across a sandy desert sandpit and sail over dangerous sea puddles in a cardboard boat to re-locate her missing pets. Recaptured, the little girl writes the first initial of their names on their shells to identify them, and to her delight they can now make words!
But the snails suffer in the roasting container that the well-intentioned Annie supplied. She struggles to decide between her own wants and the wellbeing of the unhappy snails. Will Annie release the feeble sliders before it's too late?
With sweet black and white illustrations throughout the book, 'Annie's Snails' is an engaging, gentle and heartwarming story of compassion and responsibility, with a touch of suspense and adventure.
Suitable for emerging readers from age 7 who are interested in learning about, and enjoy, the role of pet ownership, even if they are of the sluggish variety!
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Dianne Wolfer
Illustrator: Gabriel Evans
Title: Annie’s Snails
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Published: March 2014