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Book Title: Snippy And Snappy|
The author of the book: Wanda Gág
ISBN 13: 9780816642458
Format files: PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
The size of the: 782 KB
Edition: University of Minnesota Press
Date of issue: 2003
Reader ratings: 6.6
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Snippy and Snappy, a pleasingly pronounceable pair of names for sibling mice with a tendency toward mild mischief. These two aren't suited for the quietness of life at home with family in their little nook in the field. When Snippy and Snappy see what their father reads in The Mouse Paper news about big, wide gardens containing high, fancy houses, holding cozy, stuffed cupboards storing soft, mellow cheeses, they know one day they must visit such a place. A runaway ball of their mother's knitting yarn provides perfect reason for the excursion one day, and the two curious mice wind their way through all manner of countryside twists and turns, leading them to the humans' abode.
What Snippy and Snappy find in the house is eye-opening and astonishing, an array of items unlike anything seen in all of mousedom. There are gargantuan tables and chairs, carpets and ottomans and lamps and mops, strange organisms that don't grow like any fixtures of nature the mice have ever seen. And right where they read about it being, in the cupboard beside other, non-important, foodstuffs, is the cheese. But getting the cheese isn't so easy...unless it is. Are the newspapers wrong about cheese only being found tucked away in pantries? Can cheese be discovered much more easily on the floor, or is there reason for tiny rodents to be wary of goods made so readily available?
Had Wanda Gág (pronounced "Gog") done more of her work in the era of Caldecott Medals awarded for picture books, I'm sure she would have won recognition from the committee numerous times, for practically everything she created. I love her illustrations in Snippy and Snappy, the way she establishes atmosphere by compressing the space her drawings take up and allowing lots of nondescript white to hover around the edges. This is especially noticeable on the first page where Snippy and Snappy follow the girl carrying their yarn ball away. There's plenty of humor and creativity in this book, too, such as the mirror "fight" instigated by a couple of frightened little animals who have never seen reflective glass. I also like the story's rhythmic narrative, starting with the names of Snippy and Snappy and branching out from there. I would give Snippy and Snappy one and a half stars, and I thought about rounding up to two. The artwork isn't as fine as in ABC Bunny and the plot can't be considered as memorable as that of Millions of Cats (both Newbery Honorees by Wanda Gág), but this is a nice book in its own right. If one doesn't flirt with danger unnecessarily, one is likely to live a full, mostly un-harried life, and that's the lesson to be learned from Snippy and Snappy. Thank you, Wanda Gág, for another original piece of literary entertainment.
Read information about the authorWanda Hazel Gág (March 11, 1893–June 27, 1946) was an American author and illustrator. She was born on March 11, 1893, in New Ulm, Minnesota. Her mother (Elisabeth Biebl) and father (Anton) were of Bohemian descent. Both parents were artists who had met in Germany. They had seven children, who all acquired some level of artistic talent. Wanda grew up the eldest of these, and despite their economic hardships the family was surrounded by music, art, light, and love, making it for the most part a joyous existence.
When Gág was fifteen her father died of tuberculosis. She did not fall to depression, but became more determined than ever to make a good living from being an artist. Surely this is at least partially due to her father's final words to her: "Was der Papa nicht thun kont, muss die Wanda halt fertig machen," meaning, "What papa has left undone, Wanda must complete."
Following her father's death, the Gág family was on welfare, and many people suggested that Wanda get a steady job. However, she remained in school and practiced her artistry while caring for her six younger siblings. She remained in the house until age twenty, wanting to be certain that the family could carry on on its own.
In 1917 she illustrated A Child’s Book of Folk-Lore, following which she worked on many different projects, and became a well-known artist/author. Her art exhibition in the New York Public Library in 1923 was the true beginning of her fame. She gained a reputation as an illustrator for socialist publications such as The New Masses, and she considered herself a feminist and advocate of free love in the 1920s; she did not marry her lover until later in life, for instance, although she lived with him before they were wed.
She was especially esteemed for her lithographs, though today if her name is known at all it is usually from her children's books, specifically the classic Millions of Cats, which won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1958. Gág also received the Newbury Honor Award for this book, and the combined effects of it and her exhibition had given her the funds she needed to carry on her work without stress.
She died in New York City on June 27, 1946.
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