Verdi the python is very proud of his beautiful bright yellow skin and the bold black stripes that zigzag down his back. But as his mother sends him off into the steamy jungle of his island home, she says, "Grow up big and green." Verdi thinks the old green pythons that laze around in the treetops are boring. He's sure that if he can keep jumping and climbing and moving fast, he'll stay yellow and striped forever. Will Verdi's tricks really keep him young . or is he heading for a heap of trouble?
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by Janell Cannon
by Steven Kellogg
by Maiya Williams
by Karma Wilson
by Elizabeth Bluemle
"When Verdi the python's mother turns him out into the world, urging him to grow big and green, he can't think of a worse fate in this story about the trials and tribulations of growing up. The story loses something without Cannon's vibrant illustrations, but narrator Kevin Free makes up for some of this loss with fluid vocalizations that suggest expression and movement. Verdi speeds and springs and eventually slows down and learns to see the world in a new way. An afterword provides information about snakes and pythons, making this educational, as well as entertaining. A.F. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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