Book of the Week: The Story of Fish and Snail

October 14, 2013

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

Images and text by Carter.

Koseli’s post last week on creating captivated me. The timing was a real love note, too, and it’s this line she wrote that stuck: It’s hard work to be brave. Such truth! I love what you all shared there about confidence, consistency, and the thrill of stepping out into unfamiliar territory. Those stories were such a salve to my bundle of nerves last week — I started a new job, and although it was a real return to my roots, the change was a tad intimidating!

What did I do? I went back to school, back to being an elementary school librarian! You know that tingle you get when something is so very perfect for you and you can’t quite believe that all the puzzle pieces snapped back together, just like that? The reminder to be brave trumped that nerve-bundle and some being-the-new-kid fears.

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

And that’s why I couldn’t wait to share this book with you! It’s so sweet for little ones, but oh, how dear it was for me. Maybe you, too, if you need to carry that reminder close to your heart. This is The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman. It’s a friendship story wrapped in dreams and bravery. It’s a book about books and a story about stories. Each day, steady Snail waits for Fish to return home with a new story. Today, Fish doesn’t just want to tell Snail about his new book — he wants to show Snail.

But Snail won’t budge. He’s a bunch of what-ifs and buts and just plain scared.

Until he’s not anymore. And that’s the story of Fish and Snail. It’s hard work to be brave, but the rewards are great. Aren’t they?

The Story of Fish and Snail by Deborah Freedman

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brimful October 14, 2013 at 8:34 am

Looks like a great book, thanks for the review! My moments of bravery have always been followed by some of the richest blessings in my life. But yes, the getting there was 99% of the journey :).


2 Carter Higgins October 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Yes! The getting there.


3 Amy Hackworth October 14, 2013 at 9:37 am

Carter, congratulations on your new job! Being an elementary school librarian sounds like a DREAM JOB to me. I wish I could come over to see all the good work I’m sure you’ll be doing.

I had missed Koseli’s wonderful post last week, so thanks for that, too. I loved how you said in the comments there that you felt like you were returning to your natural habitat. Isn’t it wonderful to find those places that we just belong? So great. I’ll be thinking about that all day.


4 Carter Higgins October 14, 2013 at 6:55 pm

I am so lucky! Or maybe it’s just that settled, belonging, right-and-happy-sigh kind of thing? Thank you, Amy!


5 Darshana October 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm

So glad you reviewed this book. I loved it!


6 Colby October 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Huzzah, huzzah!


7 opinions December 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

Hey there, I got over to your article via Twitter. Not some thing I generally read through, but I really enjoy your thoughts none the less. Thanks a ton for composing something worthy of reading!


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