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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Snail's Birthday Wish
by Fiona Rempt
Age Range: Under_5
Itís Snailís birthday and all his forest friends have gathered to help him celebrate. Beaver, Squirrel, Duck, Mole, Frog, and Ant all arrive carrying balloons and an assortment of brightly wrapped presents. Soon, everyone is having fun Ė everyone that is, except Snail. He is sad that he isnít fast enough to participate in all the games. When he opens his gifts, he is even more confused. Why have his friends given him, a chair, a bag of nails, a pile of smooth wood, Snowshoes and Wheels?
Fiona Remptís heartwarming story shows the importance of friendship and making other people happy and the gentle humour of Snailís bemusement is engaging. NoŽlle Smitís vibrant and expressive illustrations will ensure that this picture book becomes a firm favourite.