E–pub [Snook Alone]

E–pub Snook Alone

Need proof that this picture book ain t for your standard picture book audience K 2nd grade An excerptSometimes Snook watched the birdsThe fairy terns arrowlike white creaturesuick and agile flew in mated pairsdive bombing the sea and flying homewith little fishes dangling from their beakslike handlebar mustachesThe youngest of eaders won t follow but this is pretty stellar stuff for 4th5th grade on up Living on an island with his master monk Abba Jacob at terrier Snook is in charge of vermin control When the pair visit a new island to catalog the plants and animals a storm leaves them separated Snook explores his new home and waits to see if Abba Jacob will eturnThe artwork is Caldecott level outstanding Ering mixes sweeping acrylic and ink vistas with smaller detailed spot illustrations giving this modern story the look of a timeless tale TI just came across this on our new junior picture shelf picture books for older eaders this month and i keep ecommending it to my eaders who love this section The artwork is fantastic In addition to T s notes above Snook s expressions add much to the descriptions and eally capture his personality s This eview was originally written for The Baby Bookworm Visit us for new picture books eviews dailyHello friends Our book today is Snook Alone written by Marilyn Nelson and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering a tale of a clever pup s survival when he is marooned on an islandSnook is a happy hardworking at terrier who lives with his master and best friend Abba Jacob Abba Jacob is a monk a caretaker for a small hermitage on an unnamed island His days are filled with uiet epetitive tasks which he undertakes in uiet contentment Snook a constant companion by his side One day Abba Jacob travels to help some naturalists catalog species on a small outer island taking Snook with him When a storm unexpectedly descends and forces the party to leave poor Snook is left behind in the ush Now Snook must survive on his own finding food water and shelter in an unfamiliar place filled with wonders and dangers alike As he grows capable he continues to look out over the sea missing his friend and wondering will Abba Jacob ever eturn to himRight off the bat let me say this book is not meant for eaders JJ s age It was ecommended to us by a friend and it uickly became apparent during our ead through that Snook s story is intended for older children early middle grade at least However for the appropriate age ange this one has tons of ap. A faithful little dog must survive on his own in the wild in this evocative tale of loss and eunion from acclaimed poet Marilyn Nelson and the inimitable Timothy Basil EringAbba Jacob is a monk who lives on a far far away island with his loyal at terrier Snook Every day from the wee hours of dawn till the

Peal It s a classic tale of survival of hope and of the unending loyalty of dogs The language is beautiful painting ich wild environment while evoking Snook s confusion yearning fear and devotion it puts the eader ight there with the little dog as his tale unfolds The art is a good counterpoint to this using color and tone to immerse the eader in the story My only complaint is the ather cartoonish appearance of the human characters which seem odd juxtaposed against the ealistic scenery and animal characters The length is not for little ones JJ was very suirmy by the end but fine for older kids A lovely tale of a dog s love and it s Baby Bookworm approvedBe sure to check out The Baby Bookworm for eviews Was a bit skeptical opening this one up as I worried it be another sappy dog book and I don t well with sappy and even less well with sappy dog books now that I have such a companion of my own But I was blown away by it in lesser hands this same story might indeed be a sweet and sentimental tale of friendship but in the hands of these two it is elevated to something much much Exuisite Abba Jacob lived on an island with his dog Snook Each day their outine was the same They got up at dawn prayed worked together and spent time in companionable silence together Sometimes there were visitors or Abba Jacob headed off to town in his car but Snook was always there waiting for him Until one day Snook and Abba Jacob headed out in a boat to help catalog plant and animal species on the islands Snook was along to help catch the ats and mice that were disrupting the birds and animals of the islands It was great micing It was so good that Snook got too involved in his work so when a storm blew up Abba Jacob was forced to leave Snook behind on the deserted island All alone Snook found his own hythm of silence catching food finding water silence and waiting Sometimes he thought he could hear Abba Jacob s voice on the wind but no one came for him Snook spent a long time alone on the island never forgetting his friend Abba Jacob Until one day a fishing boat eturned to the island with Abba Jacob aboardThis book is such a delight It is a book with such depth such uiet such silence that its power builds during those uiet moments creating a magnificent longing It is a book that celebrates the simple the uiet the profound in our lives It is a book about enduring friendship continued connection and at its heart love Nelson writes with such a beauty here that some lines make Un sets over the sea Snook keeps Abba Jacob company as he prays or works tending the gardens or fixing the plumbing of the little hermitage he calls home But when the two are separated by a ferocious storm Snook must learn to fend for himself in the wild all alone in a world of fierceness and wonder Will he

Summary Ó E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Marilyn Nelson

Ou stop and you have to emember to breathe again They are moments just like in the book itself moments of simple clarity embedded in the writing This is a book that will be a grand choice for a class to discuss perfection for advanced students who will enjoy the language but will also enjoy the illustrations It is a book to be sharedEring s illustrations echo the themes of the book with their delightful mix of cartoon and painting Abba Jacob is a ound merry soul shown in cartoon lines Snook on the other hand can be funny and cartoonish but is also depicted as a noble beast in paints The illustrations work exceedingly well to show simple life the vistas of the sea and the island and the warmth of the connection between man and dogA masterful book about faith and friendship this is an outstanding picture book that deserves plenty of ecognition on best book lists but importantly a spot in school and public libraries Appropriate for ages 5 9 Well I eally wanted to super like this one The art of the dog is adorable and the endpapers are great what colour and texture Unfortunately it s easy to see why it didn t come away with awards The story has so much text that it hinders the function of the picturebook Nelson has way to much detail to leave anything for the pictures to say despite using lovely words and describing interesting places creatures and feelings The story would have made a ather nice first chapterbook and avoided being subjected to major edits to fit better into the picturebook genre I also have major uibbles with the illustration From the text I m getting the idea that this is a modern monk a man in simple but modern dress I like that the story isn t about a historic monk but the cartoony dude with the big head just seems wrong It also feels like too much illustration on the page at one point perhaps trying to keep up with the lengthy text Additionally the giant crab seems to be too giant for a eal creature the size of a large hand Unfortunately this takes away from the ealism that the text suggests and makes it fantastical instead And come to think of it the place in the story plays a huge ole but I have no idea where in the world it s taking place maps would be appreciated please From clues it seems someplace in the southern hemisphere maybe Australia ish from the dialect bits at the end that seen stuck on ather than appropriate and integrated What a shame for such a cute little dog to be stuck in a book that comes nowhere near its potential. Ver again hear the loving voice that he waits for Simply and lyrically told by award winning poet Marilyn Nelson and beautifully illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering with wit warmth and affection for the natural world this captivating tale of friendship lost and found conveys the power of faith against all odds.

Marilyn Nelson is the author of many acclaimed books for young people and adults including CARVER A LIFE IN POEMS a Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book and A WREATH FOR EMMETT TILL a Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Honor Book She also translated THE LADDER a picture book by Halfdan Rasmussen She lives in East Haddam ConnecticutFor information please see ht

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