by Janell Cannon

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Young Verdi doesn’t want to grow up big and green. He likes his bright yellow skin and sporty stripes. Besides, all the green snakes he meets are lazy, boring, and rude. When Verdi finds a pale green stripe stretching along his whole body, he tries every trick he can think of to get rid of it--and ends up in a heap of trouble. Despite his efforts, Verdi turns green, but to his delight, he discovers that being green doesn’t mean he has to stop being himself. “Cannon is on a roll, her gift for creating memorable characters and scenes on glorious display in this tale of a feisty python hatchling.”--Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152010287
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 04/01/1997
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 48,545
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.37(d)
Lexile: AD620L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Janell Cannon's picture books have won many awards and are beloved around the world. She is the author and illustrator of Verdi, Crickwing, Pinduli, and the long-time bestselling classic Stellaluna. Born and raised in Minnesota, Ms. Cannon now lives in Southern California.

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Verdi 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
jessgee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book is a book about a young, yellow snake named Verdi. His mother sends him into the forest to grow up and become green. He doesn't understand the hurry to grow up, so he spends his time trying to stay young and yellow. He goes on an adventure trying to stay yellow forever, because all of the old green snakes are boring and complain all the time. He eventually gets hurt and is nursed back to health by a couple of green snakes. Verdi gets sad because he has started to turn green, and he is starting to get old. But in the end, he comes across two yellow snakes, and he remembers that just because he is green, it doesn't mean he can't be himself.Personal Experience:I thought this was a good story. The pictures were really good, and the story kept me interested. Classroom extensions:In the classroom I would integrate this book if we were learning about forest, or amazonian animals. It would also be good to talk about growing up, and that just because you're getting older, it doesn't mean you can't have fun.
Kourtlin.Harrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: This book is about a young yellow snake that doesn¿t want to turn green. Verdi does everything to avoid turning green because that means that he is growing up. The green snakes that he is around are boring and not very nice. However, when he does turn green he embraces it. Personal Reaction: This book makes me think of growing up. It would be a great book to help children embrace getting older and changing such as moving to a new building at school or going into the next grade.Classroom Extension Ideas:1. The classroom could do a unit over snakes.2. The students could write/draw about what they want to be when they grow up.
reneefletcher on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In his jungle home, a young python is sent out by his mother to grow and turn green. As all young pythons should, Verdi investigates to find the meaning behind becoming green. After visiting with four very lethargic greens, Verdi decides that he will never be a green; he will stay yellow and young forever. But in the end Verdi has to deal with the realization that no matter how badly he wants to stay yellow and young, time doesn¿t stop for anyone. But he also shows the reader that just because you become a ¿green¿ does not mean that you have to give up who you are. I would classify this book as a modern fantasy because snakes do not really talk. I really enjoyed the story, I can relate to Verdi. I do not want to grow up. And as I read it to a First grade class, I felt that they really enjoyed it also. The story along with the illustrations is captivating. The main character, Verdi, is very believable and tells the story with much compassion for life. I would use this book as an extension for a science center on snakes or reptiles. It would be a great introduction, but it also has a list of snake facts in the author¿s notes. It would also be a good example in an Art center on the use of contrasting colors. The pictures are vivid and expressive; I think the students could learn from the example.
RaeRentfro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Verdi is a cute, wonderful childrens book, that teaches a good lesson. I also loved the beutiful pictures show, when I was a child.
CChristophersen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A cute story of Verdi, a tree python. He is yellow and does not want to grow up to be a big green snake. He sees the adult snakes as boring and lazy. He wants to have fun. This gets him in a heap of trouble. These situations cause him to see things differently.
dfarhat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Young, yellow Verdi is worried that growing up means becoming a boring, green python. Verdi learns that growing up does not mean becoming boring and lazy. He learns that once he slows down, he sees things that he had always missed in his hurry to experience the world.This book is beautifully illustrated. Each pair of pages is matched with a brightly painted picture on one side and text on the other.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Verdi is a young python, he is yellow with stripes and has no desire to grow up and grow green. He wants nothing but to jump, climb and keep moving around the jungle, never growing old, growing lazy and green. He wanted to keep his yellow skin and his stripes, but slowly the green started. All the while the older green snakes and other animals watched. They knew the feelings that Verdi was having, they remembered, so they tried to tell him stories to sooth him. Then, after he really had turned to green, and was enjoying watching the jungle, two young, yellow snakes came to him and he had the chance to leap and laugh again, remembering his younger days.Every animal has its way of growing up and growing wiser, even snakes. This is a great book with lots of large wonderful pictures for the smaller kids and a great story for kids of all ages. The young Verdi is full of life and determination while the older he gets, he learns he doesn't have to loose that life just because he is getting older and greener. This is a fun book for anyone who likes snakes. The last pages are snake facts that are also very informative and remind us that just because they can sometimes scare us, snakes are an important part of our world and that most are more helpful than harmful.
Amber_88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Verdi is a great example of a fantasy book, because snakes are talking and interacting, but people of all ages can relate to Verdi when they go through or reflect on stages in their life in which they were growing up or changing. For example, Verdi has to accept growing up when it skin color changes from yellow to green. Verdi is the protagonist and becomes round by the end of the story, as he ages (changes to green) and realizes that he must change and grow and that each stage of life is important. He learned from his experiences and was thus able to relate to each of the characters he encountered more.
paroof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The pictures - especially the colors - in this book are beautiful. But what I really love is the thought of the snake flinging himself end over end through the air. It's still a hit with my 7-year-old, too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of a series of wonderful books that highlight species that are often disdained or feared.  A delightful tale with excellent illustrations that keep you coming back to re-read the book with your children.  In the back is a page of information about the featured animal that is very interesting.  Waiting for the next book!  Keep writing, Ms Cannon!  
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My five year old grandson loved this book. We reread it often.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 4 year old son loves this book. We checked it out last year from the library for the first time. Everytime he sees it he wants me to read it to him. We checked it out so many times, that he wanted Santa to bring him the book for his very own.
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chuck007 More than 1 year ago
I bought this book for my daughter. She loved Stella Luna and figured this one would be good. She and I loved this one as well. It really is a great childrens book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Verdi is the whole package! The story is wonderful and the illustrations are magnificent. Children adore this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am 14 and even I LOVE THIS BOOK! I reccomend it to young readers and old, and it is my #2 fav. book, next to Stellaluna. This is a very, very good book. Yay!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A simple story with beautiful pictures. My son visits his school library every week and he checks this book out almost every time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charming, enchanting, affirming. For young and old, a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is an excellent book for growing children! It teaches them that it is ok to be different.