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Lizard's home
Shannon, George.
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Publication Information:
New York : Greenwillow Books, 1999.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
When Snake starts sleeping on the rock where Lizard lives, Lizard must figure out how to get his home back.
Reading Level:
AD 220 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.8 0.5 2480.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 19798 Guided reading level: K.

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Lizard has always livedsnug as a bugon his rock. But one day Lizard returns home to find that Snake has moved in! Zoli, zoli, zoli! Snake is big and fearsome and yricky.What can Lizard do to send him packing? From the incomparable creators of Lizards Song comes another amiable, vibrantly illustrated picture book that sings right along and will have young children rooting for that resourceful underdog, Lizard. Sweet and jollyjust right for storytime.

Author Notes

George Shannon is an American author. He was born on February 14, 1952 in Caldwell, Kansas. A former children's librarian and professional storyteller, he has worked as a freelance writer and lecturer for over 25 years. Though primarily a children's author, his YA title Unlived Affections was nominated for a Lambda Literary award in 1990. Lizard's Song was his first children's book to be accepted. His other titles include: Who Put the Cookies in the Cookie Jar, A Very Witchy Spelling Bee, Turkey Tot, Rabbit's Gift and Chicken Scratches.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-7. Any child ousted from a favorite spot by a belligerent classmate will relate to Lizard's predicament in this colorfully illustrated story. Lizard arrives home to find that Snake has taken over his favorite rock. Pleading and wishful thinking don't evict Snake, so Lizard proposes a public contest. Snake will put two pebbles in a bag, one black, one white; if Lizard draws the black pebble, Lizard wins the rock. Counting on Snake's deceitfulness in preparing the bag, Lizard draws but "accidentally" drops his pebble into a river before anyone sees it. Snake gloats that Lizard has "lost his chance." But by using logic, Lizard pulls out the remaining white pebble, proving that the lost stone must have been black--if Snake has been honest. Shannon's spritely, pointed story once again is happily illustrated by Dewey and Aruego's bright watercolors outlined in ink. A potential classroom read-aloud, this might aid a beginning discussion of probability. However, for younger children, have bag and pebbles on hand for what may be a difficult concept to grasp. --Donna Beales

Publisher's Weekly Review

This lively sequel to Lizard's Song will have preschoolers cheering for the book's small but intrepid hero. When Lizard finds Snake curled up on his rock, he says politely, "I'm afraid you've made a mistake. Everybody knows this rock is my home." But the arrogant Snake answers with a hiss, "I don't make mistakes. I found it. I'll keep it." After trying various strategies (wishing, taking the rock back in Snake's absence), Lizard gets Snake to agree to a contest, and then, knowing Snake will cheat, outwits him. Aruego and Dewey's characteristic art, favoring high-intensity colors and cartoonlike lines, supports a cast of appealing and expressive characters. The menacing glint of his eyes signals right away that the red-and-orange striped Snake is a villain through and through, while sweet Lizard, true to his nature, does not even gloat at the end. Buoyant and affirming, especially for children who have had to deal with their own snakes in the grass. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2 In Lizard's Song (Mulberry, 1992), the rhapsodizing reptile had to wrest his favorite rock home from a dim bulb of a bear. Here, in a playful sequel, Lizard's home is again a stone of contention when a squatter snake sets his determined coils upon it and claims ownership. Piteous pleas bring only hard-hearted responses from the squatter, "I don't make mistakes. I found it. I'll keep it. It suits me fine," until Lizard issues a challenge that Snake feels he can win by cheating. Of course, crafty Lizard outwits him in the end. Shannon's bouncy text is echoed in Aruego and Dewey's ebullient watercolors of flower-filled landscapes and colorful critters, and Lizard's new wishing song will roll off the tongue as trippingly as his original hit tune. Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.