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Snake and Lizard

Snake and Lizard

Joy Cowley and Gavin Bishop

  • awardWinner, NZ Post Children’s Book of the Year 2008
  • Snake and Lizard began to laugh, gently at first, and then so strongly that they were rolling round the floor with the hiccups. When they’d stopped, Lizard said, ‘Oh Snake! What an adventure!’ Snake’s stomach was aching with laughter. ‘I don’t know why we argue like we do,’ she said. ‘It’s because we’re so different,’ said Lizard. ‘But oh Snake, you are still my best friend.’ ‘And you are mine, dear Lizard,’ said Snake.

    Two very different creatures learn the give-and-take of friendship in these warm and funny stories. Snake is elegant and calm, and just a little self-centred; Lizard is exuberant and irrepressible. As they approach life’s little adventures they begin to see past their differences and become firm friends.

    About the Authors

    Joy Cowley is one of New Zealand’s best‑loved children’s authors. She has won several awards for her books, including the NZ Post Children’s Book of the Year, twice, and the Margaret Mahy Medal. In 2011, Joy was nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. Joy lives in Wellington, New Zealand, but spends much of her time in the Marlborough...

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    Gavin Bishop was born in Invercargill, New Zealand. He has illustrated several award-winning children’s books, and has exhibited his art overseas and in New Zealand. As well as writing and illustrating books, he writes for theatre and television.

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    104 pp
    Text publication date:
    2 March 2009
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    friendship, patience, tolerance
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    ‘Snake and Lizard share a house and also a friendship which is sometimes as rocky as the desert they live in. With a little patience, wisdom and much tolerance their friendship survives their essential differences—that one has a lovely long tail and the other has legs. I love them and their little ways. We need stories like this.’