The Snail’s Spell

I picked this up at the local Oxfam. Every time I come across books with old-fashioned illustrations, I just can’t help myself.

The Snail’s Spell by Joanne Ryder was first published in 1982  and awarded the ‘outstanding science book for young children’ by the New York Academy of Sciences.

It’s a slightly trippy bedtime reading experience. The kids love it seeing the little child grow smaller and smaller to the size of a snail.  Any kind of ‘honey, I shrunk the kids’ perspective is always bound to be a hit.

Call me a nerd, but the line breaks in this book is rather beautiful too.

And this is how the story begins.

you are soft
and have no bones
inside you.
you are grey,
the color of smoke.

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