This Is a Tiny Fragile Snake

Category: Book
Illustrated By: Barron, Ashley
By (author): Ruddock, Nicholas
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 7-10 Canadian
  JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry (see also Stories in Verse)
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: February 2024
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 36
Size: 8.62in x 9.75in
Our Price:
$ 21.99
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Fifteen poems explore close encounters with animals ... and choosing to respond tenderly.

Whether it's helping a hummingbird escape, respecting a bear's habitat, admiring a heron's beauty, or giving way to ants at a picnic, the human response in these poems is to do no harm, and to help whenever possible. The poems follow a seasonal progression, ending with a final poem that imagines where each animal might be on a winter night.

Inspired by personal experiences, Nicholas Ruddock's poems are simply written, with a pleasing rhyme, and fun to read aloud. In the spirit of the text, Ashley Barron's cut-paper collage illustrations portray each creature with respectful realism, in environments ranging from rural and wild to urban and suburban.

A delightful dip into poetry for young animal lovers!


Key Text Features




Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts:


Ask and answer questions about unknown words in a text.


With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.


Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses.

From The Publisher*

Would you help a tiny fragile snake? This book of poems explores close encounters with animals ... and choosing to respond tenderly.