The Snake's Tales by Marguerite Davol

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A highly-acclaimed author and illustrator join forces to bring readers this original folktale, which explains how stories began to be told.

In this folktale, Beno and his sister Allita live in a time before there were stories. One day, they meet a snake who promises to tell them stories in exchange for the berries they've picked. He tells them how the stars once were bees, and what makes a rose smell sweet; he tells stories about what makes the sky blue, and why frogs croak.
The children tell their parents about stories, and about the snake's tales. Like a snake that sheds its skin, this family's life comes alive with color as they learn the value of storytelling.
 

About Marguerite Davol

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Marguerite W. Davo taught young children for many years at tMarguerite W. Davo taught young children for many years at tMarguerite W. Davo taught young children for many years at the Gorse Child Study Center at Mount Holyoke College. She ishe Gorse Child Study Center at Mount Holyoke College. She ishe Gorse Child Study Center at Mount Holyoke College. She is the author of the picture books "Black, White, Just Right; the author of the picture books "Black, White, Just Right; the author of the picture books "Black, White, Just Right; Heart of the Wood; How the Snake Got Its Hiss;" and a collecHeart of the Wood; How the Snake Got Its Hiss;" and a collecHeart of the Wood; How the Snake Got Its Hiss;" and a collection of tall tales, "Papa Alonzo Leatherby." Marguerite livetion of tall tales, "Papa Alonzo Leatherby." Marguerite livetion of tall tales, "Papa Alonzo Leatherby." Marguerite lives with her husband in South Hadley, Massachusetts. s with her husband in South Hadley, Massachusetts. s with her husband in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Yumi Heo was born and raised in Korea but now lives near New York City. She remembers being told the story of the green frogs when she, a little girl in Korea, had disobeyed her mother.
 
Published September 1, 2002 by Orchard. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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This original tale was suggested by The Storytelling Stone, a traditional Seneca tale, and explains how stories began.

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This fanciful read-aloud will have preschoolers rolling-and eventually slithering-around on the floor in imitation of Snake's movements as he metamorphoses from a round creature to the reptile we know today as a result of his repeated run-ins with other species.

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