The Great Snake: Stories from the Amazon Hardcover – 6 Mar 2008
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3 stars - full of rainforest resonance which the generous wood and rubber cut pictures compliment finely. (Books for Keeps)
Illustrated in a striking palette dominated by green, orange, ochre and black, the resulting book is unusually demanding and correspondingly rewarding. (School Librarian)
These short tales are thoughtful and, at times, humorous. The narrative in between links each one and introduces us to the colourful array of characters also travelling on the boat. Fernando Vilela's woodcuts in vivid oranges, greens and blues feel as if they are almost growing among the words. Sean Taylor's conclusion to this wonderful conclusion to this wonderful book is ultimately one of hope, with a percentage of the royalties going towards the Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development. (Carousel)
About the Author
Sean Taylor is a children's author, storyteller and teacher with experience of creative writing teaching in three continents. His books include The Great Snake, Purple Class and the Skelington, Purple Class and the Flying Spider, Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All, The Grizzly Bear with the Frizzly Hair, Who Ate Auntie Iris and We Have Lift-Off. He lives partly in England and partly in Brazil where his wife is from.
Fernando Vilela has illustrated numerous children's books, including Water Wisdom and Where I Belong, which both won the FNLIJ (Brazilian branch of IBBY) Highly Recommended Award in 2005. He lives in São Paulo in Brazil.