Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley

snake and lizardSnake and Lizard live in the desert and they both love to bathe in the sun. One day, while Lizard is trying to find a warm place to sun, Snake is in his way. When Snake moves her tail to make room for Lizard, the two quickly become friends and agree to join their two houses into one big house. They face their fears together (like cold-blooded animals awake at night) and agree to go into business with each other.

Snake and Lizard is a book about becoming friends. I laughed out loud at times. The book is written in short vignettes. The characters are true to their animal natures (eating bugs and quail eggs), but readers will be able to relate to learning what it means to be good friends. I really enjoyed this book – it is very reminiscent of Frog and Toad are Friends, for readers who are ready for a somewhat longer chapter book. Colored drawing on every other page help detail the characters and the desert setting.

Snake and Lizard by Joy Cowley  has  85 pages for Grades 2 – 4.  (2008)  SH 7.09


About SH

I'm a children's librarian in the western suburbs of Chicago. I've been involved with children's literature since working in a children's bookstore in 1990.
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