This fable is a story about Slim, a snake that wobbles instead of wiggles. Slim wants to be a wiggler like his friends. A momentous event determines his special gift through persistence, perseverance, problem solving and creative thinking. He discovers that being different can make the difference that matters most. A perfect read aloud written in rhyming format this is a story of courage, individuality, self-discovery and self-worth. Young readers are captivated by the story’s theme: what makes you different is what makes you special. The moral of the story is captured in the final pages: “He could move boulders with unseen shoulders, and he could do it when it really counted.” Children know that snakes don’t have shoulders. “He could move boulders with unseen shoulders” directly refers to an individual’s strength of character that results in positive action when presented with an obstacle.
The book supports social-awareness, social emotional learning, interpersonal skills, and character education programs to establish and maintain positive relationships.
From the Midwest Book Review: Deftly written in a rhythmic text by Douglas Snelson and charmingly illustrated by Renée Snelson, "The Fable of the Snake Named Slim" is a poignant picture book tale told in the style of a fable featuring animals and entertainingly conveying a moral for children. While strongly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections, it should be noted that "The Fable of the Snake Named Slim" is also available in a paperback edition.