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Jul 09 2013

The snake who came to stay by Julia Donaldson

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Scholastic Australia, 2013. ISBN: 9781742837093.
Another fantastic read for the younger students and definitely one to share with Miss Small - who is crazy about all animals but especially reptiles! I can easily imagine her doing exactly the same as Polly, the main character in this delightful story about a very entrepreneurial young lady who opens up a Holiday Home for animals - much to her mum's consternation. Guinea pigs, a mynah bird and the goldfish next door are all a bit stressful in their own ways, but when Polly takes on her best friend Jack's snake Doris, Polly's mum really starts to get agitated. As you can easily imagine, Polly realises that looking after other people's animals is not always smooth sailing - and when Doris goes silently missing, she has to do some very fast problem-solving. Fortunately, all has a happy ending - with a safe return of all the animals to their owners - plus a few extras in the case of the guinea pigs!
Another great addition to your shelves for your 'easy reading' fiction titles - and a very funny read aloud.
Sue Warren

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