To Snail or Not to Snail captures the magical moment a snail and a bee say “hello” and ponder how different things would be if they couldn’t do the wonderful things they do. Bee, with her ultraviolet vision, and Snail, with his strong-as-superglue slime, show that everyone, no matter how small, has something precious to contribute to this world by simply being themselves.
Praise for To Snail or Not to Snail
“How miraculous and precious the tiniest beings in life are—so unique in their capabilities—not to mention the integral and unifying purpose they have. Happy to see this awareness beautifully executed in this lovely book. Whether we realize it or not, nurturing the wonder in nature and art is our hope.” —Parker Posey, Award-winning Actress/Author
“I love this book. I love the words, the message, the illustrations, the delightful facts about bees and snails. I did not know that bees had to fly 55,000 miles to produce one pound of honey, or that snails are also pollinators! I love that anyone reading To Snail Or Not To Snail will come away feeling that much better about setting on their own path—whether that’s flying from flower to flower, slugging across the ground, or doing something else entirely. It is good to snail, if you are a snail, and good to bee, if you are a bee. And if you are not either of those creatures, it is good to be you.” —Arin Greenwood, Novelist, Animal Writer
“This is the dearest book on several levels: from the social implications of meeting, sharing and trusting a new friend who is “not like me” to the environmental component that shows Bee and Snail are grand stewards of the Earth. To Snail or Not to Snail is fun, gentle, engaging and endearing.” — Bly Brown, MEd, Retired Children’s Librarian
“S.J. Russell’s beautiful words and Kaity Lacy’s gorgeous illustrations join forces to emphasize the joy and importance of living our true lives. It is a celebration of self-love, while also an appreciation for all creatures’ talents and purpose. To read or not to read? Read. And then read again and again.” —Ellen Labrecque, New York Times Bestselling Children’s Book Author
“A lovely book that reminds us that we’re all interconnected. I particularly like the dialogue between Slow Snail, who asked Busy Bee ‘What’s your hurry?’ It’s a wonderful question we should all contemplate at times. The illustrations and underlying message are beautiful.” —Anne E. Beall, PhD
About the Author
For decades, Susan Russell has been writing for both business and pleasure. Among the many books she has authored is an award-winning coffee table book titled, A Ruff Road Home: The Court Case Dogs of Chicago. As a former shelter director, she’s intimately acquainted with the plight of community cats and life-saving strategies, including trap neuter return (TNR). Susan practices law and lives in Philly with her very patient spouse, many beautiful cats and all manner of furry fosters.
Lucy Noland’s career as a journalist has taken her across America, from Alaska through the Bay Area, Detroit, New York City, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. This mom of three humans, five felines, one chinchilla, a box turtle and beloved medically urgent foster cats feels most blessed to help those in need. Though, awards from Emmys to Golden Mikes sit on her bookshelves, it’s the honors for her advocacy from organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States and ACCT Philly that have a special place in her heart.
Kaity Lacy is a renowned and sought-after artist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and beyond. Kaity is also an educator who loves to teach children the joys of art. Kaity donates many of her colorful and expressive animal paintings to rescue organizations, thus helping these always cash-strapped nonprofits raise funds for their many animals in need. Throughout the years, Kaity has fostered a host of shelter cats and dogs and favors taking on those with serious medical conditions. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.