Henry the Snail (Little Stories for Little Readers)
Selected for The Children’s Book Council’s June 2023 “Hot Off The Press” Reading List
A gentle story about a little snail called Henry who was born without slime and therefore will never be like everyone else.
When Henry finds out he is missing the most important element for snails—their slime—giving up is not an option for him. He tries to find ways to be able to climb things just as the other snails do. He struggles a bit before he finds the right solution, but in the end, he becomes the inspiration for his fellow snails and makes a lot of friends along the way, teaching us that far from being an obstacle, a difference may prove to be the key that opens new horizons.
Using a simple story and a sympathetic hero the kids learn social-emotional skills and are better prepared to cope with everyday life situations.
Illustrations/Photos (if applicable)
We do not know why Henry is a snail without slime. Henry tries everything he can think of to compensate for not having slime. Getting stronger on his own helps but only gets him so far. To truly reach his potential he sometimes needs to be ok with asking for help. In exchange, there are special things he has learned that he can teach others. Together everyone's lives are better and more successful. At the heart of the story is the message about overcoming adversity and the importance of community. I liked the illustrations as well as the message. Henry climbing with his eye stalks was cute and furthered my engagement with the story. Overall, this was a great book to use when teaching themes about disabilities, perseverance, and community.