Snake and Lizard, by Joy Cowley, illustrated by Gavin Bishop, ages 4-8
This wonderful book is a collection of stories about good friends Snake and Lizard, an unlikely pairing at best! Snake is a quiet, cautious creature who likes his comforts, while Lizard is an adventurous, impetuous beast who thrives on excitement.
As in all good “buddy” books, their differences are the glue of their relationship. Lizard keeps trying to do good things for her friend that end in disaster, e.g., leaving a rattlesnake egg on Snake’s bed, thinking it’s a tasty treat for her friend; or slapping Snake on the back to rid him of a (literal) frog in his throat, thus allowing Snake’s supper to escape. But they always forgive each other in the end, and learn a little something about tolerance in the process.
Gavin Bishop’s illustrations complement the text beautifully. This is a great read-aloud choice for a range of ages and carries a great message about friendship.
Snake and Lizard, by Joy Cowley, Kane/Miller Book Publishers, $14.95