Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Tina Kugler
Illustrator: Tina Kugler
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Snail’s Wings is the first short story in the book. Snail thinks he grew a wing and is excited to show Worm. Worm, however, is not excited because he thinks Snail is going to fly away. Snail’s wing eventually flies away without Snail, but he’s not sad because he gets to stay with Worm. The Mirror is the second short story in the book. Snail thinks he’s found a mirror because it has such a handsome face on it. When worm comes over they start going through the characteristics on the mirror, which is actually a penny. They determine that it is a mirror for Worm because he is so handsome like the mirror. Sad is the third short story in the book. In this story, Snail feels sad about his shell, and he wants it to be shiny, orange, and have stripes. Worm helps him see that his shell is all of those things. Once Snail realizes those things, he is happy.
This book is similar to a graphic novel because there are multiple pictures on a page and the dialogue is usually above or below the characters. The conversations are easy to follow and the illustrations help the reader understand the emotion that the characters feel. The illustrations are simple and fun. There is not a lot of variety in the colors of the illustrations, but the colors they do use are bright and engaging. Snail and Worm are not the smartest creatures, which makes the stories funny and entertaining for young readers. Their stories have simple objects, and the characters interact with them in unusual and silly ways. This book great in teaching kids about friendship. It teaches that two people can have differences or different perspectives and they can still be friends and support each other. Overall, this is a fun book for young readers.