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Polly has set up a pets' holiday home for the summer and with a house full of greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and slithering snakes, mum is getting more fed up by the day! Especially when Doris the snake goes missing. Can Polly find Doris before the snake finds the guinea pigs?...

Title : The Snake Who Came to Stay
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ISBN : 9781781120088
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 76 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Snake Who Came to Stay Reviews

  • Kirjapallo
    2019-02-28 07:02

    Quite nice story about a girl who starts a holiday inn for pets. She gets 4 animals to take care of: two hamsters, one blackbird (that mimicks everything and drives people crazy) and one huge snake - which escapes, of course.

  • Richard
    2019-03-09 06:06

    Stick to the rhyming, Julia.

  • Almas Bux
    2019-02-22 12:58

    The Snake Who Came to Stay. Julia DonaldsonJulia DonaldsonThe snake who came to stay- Julia DonaldsonJulia Donaldson highlights the issues of taking responsibility and maintaining it in the children’s book “The snake who came to stay”. Polly decides to set up a holiday home for her friends and neighbours, taking on the role of looking after the animals as the owners go on holiday. She cleverly advertises her new venture with a sign on the front gates stating “Polly’s Holiday Home- Holidays for pets”. The first to arrive to Polly’s Holiday Home were Bill and Ben, Katie’s guinea pigs, who were happy to eat the grass in Polly’s garden as they stayed in their hutch. As soon as they were hungry, Polly could hear them “oooeeek” from the house. After the arrival of Bill and Ben, Charlie arrived. He was Mrs McNair’s black mynah bird. Polly kept him in the kitchen where he liked to stay so he could talk to everyone and also imitate sounds. Polly then took the responsibility of looking after the goldfish in the pond next door. She would check on them and fill the pond with more water if there was no rain. Finally, Doris arrived. The snake belonged to Jack and she stayed in a warm tank just in the kitchen beside Charlie. Looking after so many pets meant that the sounds seemed to rise in the household, which was something Polly’s mum couldn’t bear. Charlie kept singing and Bill and Ben’s “oooeeek” could be heard in the house. But Doris the snake was very quiet. Polly received postcards from Mrs McNair and Jack, which she eagerly showed the animals. She placed Doris’ postcard into her tank but heard a loud “oooeeek” sound. Polly rushes to the garden and notices the guinea pigs are fine, realising that Charlie has begun to copy their squeals. She then hurries to check on Charlie, amused by her new behaviour. However, her amusement is short lived as she realises she has left the top off Doris’ tank and Doris is now missing. Donaldson portrays the anger of Polly’s mum in a very realistic manner and presents Polly’s worry on losing the snake effectively. As time goes on, each of the animals are sent on their way back to their owners, but Doris is still nowhere to be found. Eventually Doris is found by the pond, resembling the hose pipe she needed to fill the pond with. The story ends on a bright note as Polly is left with a surprise of four baby guinea pigs, being able to keep one of them. Donaldson points out to young readers how difficult it can be to take responsibility of other’s property and the problems that can occur if not careful. She divides the story into seven chapters, making it easy to read which is why I would suggest it is a good book for independent reading. It would be suitable for children around the ages of 5-7.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-05 11:58

    What can I say, Bea loves Julia Donaldson books and this was one of the first she chose on the shelves today. Excitement of being in the proper book section and having been gifted a large amount of book tokens for Christmas and Birthday, she chose three for her and one to share with her brother

  • Sarah Barrington
    2019-03-07 09:47

    The Snake Who Came To Stay is a story about Polly, a young girl who has decided that she would like to run a holiday home for pets, when their owners have gone on holiday themselves. She enjoys this immensely, and everything is going well until one day, a snake called Doris arrives and suddenly goes missing. The search is on to find her before her owner comes back, whilst still having to look after all of the other animals.This is a great story aimed at children ages 6 and older. It is fast-paced and humorous, with lovely illustrations that add to the story. Although it is quite a short story, a lot happens and it would be very engaging to children. Julia Donaldson has a great way of writing that appeals to young readers, and I chose to read this book as I am a huge fan of another of her books, The Gruffalo, and was not disappointed with this one.This book would be a great way or teaching children about animals, and how to look after them. It could also be used as a way to get them to remember all the animals mentioned in the book, and maybe have them draw the animals that they would have in their own pet shops. This would help to develop their imagination and creativity skills, or it could also just be a good fun book to read at the the end of the day that the children would find entertaining and enjoyable.

  • Get Ahead Kids
    2019-03-15 05:07

    Polly has decided to help friends out by looking after their pets while they are away on holidays. Polly has her hands full looking after guinea pigs, a parrot and a snake.This is a great book to help introduce the responsibility of pets to children.

  • Natasha
    2019-02-26 04:51

    A sweet little story about a girl who looks after her friends pets while they are all away on holiday.I loved the guinea pig illustrations - they were so cute!

  • Lyn
    2019-02-23 10:49

    Quite a fun early reader with some amusing bits.

  • Asmah
    2019-03-12 10:01

    there a big racket at Polly's holiday home for pets. the Guinea pigs,the maynah bird and Doris the snake all have something to say!! but what will Polly's mum say when Doris goes missing!!!!