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The Great Snake: Stories from the Amazon Hardcover – 6 Mar 2008

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845075293
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845075293
  • Product Dimensions: 27.7 x 21.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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I bought this book to read to my year 3 class (7-8 years old) to support our work on the rainforest. They loved it and so did I. The stories are by turns sad, funny, thought provoking... The diary entries are evocative and the illustrations are simply beautiful.
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... in that it's illustrated in such a way as to appeal more to the adults paying for the book than the children who are supposed to be reading it. In this case the very bright, vibrant colours get to be a bit wearing after a while and the text is a curious mix of personal notes from a journey down the Amazon and folk tales picked up along the way, neither of which, from what I've seen, are of great interest to children. There are one or two stories here that are quite nice and one or two that are frankly rather dull and the overall impression is one of a book which is very well intentioned rather than well thought through.
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Super book with fantastic stories that all the children have loved in my class, would highly recommend this to any teachers doing a rainforest topic!
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