The Run of the Snail

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One hot Summer day, Snail comes out of her burrow—and starts to run! When each of her friends see her, they ask her to stop and spend time with them, but she tells them she can’t, she has to go. But why is she running? Where is she going? All her friends want to know. Most of all, who knew snails could run? When Owl reminds them what each of them had said to Snail the day before, they begin to realise the part they might have played in making Snail run. Snail herself goes to see the wise Wolf, who reminds her that she doesn’t need to be prove anything to anyone, just to be herself, and that she is in charge of her own choices.

About the Author:
Manuela Monari is an award-winning children’s book author, as well as the Founder and Director of La Bottega Merlin bookshop for children and a teacher at the Primary School Solihull in Modena, Italy.

Besides the prizes she has won for her children’s stories, she has also won awards for her poetry, and written numerous academic articles on childhood.

About the Illustrator:
Philip Giordano is an award-winning Italian illustrator who lives in Tokyo. He attended the Brera Fine Arts Academy in Milan, studied illustration at the IED (European Institute of Design) and subsequently gained a Masters in Animation Techniques in Turin. In 2004, Philip was selected for the Bologna Book Fair Exhibition and thanks to this visibility started working for children’s book publishers. He has books published with Hodder (London) and Zoolibri (Reggio Emilia). 

In 2006 and 2009, Philip was a winner of the Figure-Future competition at the Montreuil, Paris Book Fair, where he won the Prix des Adultes and Prix des Médiateurs. 
In 2009, he was selected for the Portuguese illustration biennale, Illustrarte, and in 2010 Philip was again awarded at the Bologna Book Fair, where he won the “International Award For Illustration”. His books have been translated all over the world.