Omar would very much like a snake He has read all sorts of information about them and knows just how to take care of one, from feeding to the habitat the snake will need The only problem his mother is very afraid of snakes and she doesn t want one in the house Omar s father is okay with the idea, as long as Omar will be responsible for the snake Omar is He finds a friend of a friend who parts with all the equipment that he needs for 5 He finds a reputable snake breeder and educates himself on what to look for in a healthy snake He has a little trouble with food sources, and that becomes a moment of contention when he first brings Arrow home If his mom freaks out about him thawing out a frozen baby mouse in a drinking glass, how will she react when she finds out that Arrow has gotten out of his habitat and is loose in the house As it happens, not well, but after a family emergency precipitated by Arrow s wanderings, Omar s mother realizes that Arrow is safe and it is her own fears that she needs to conquer Strengths Excellent way to incorporate a multicultural character without having the book be about the multiculturalism Omar s father is from Pakistan and his mother is from Lebanaon Details from their cultures add interesting dimension to a simple story about a boy wanting a pet Weaknesses I have a paper ARC, and the print is very tiny and the cover is not especially appealing I am hoping, since I can t find an image of the cover online anywhere, that perhaps a better cover is in the works I am not sure how appealing this title will be to middle schoolers, who have usually moved beyond the desperate need for pets, but certainly a lot of third graders would use this to try to convince their parents to let them get a snake Omar is a kid who wants to take the responsibility to own a snake but what will his mom think when there are dead mice in her fridge His dad supports Omar and tries to persuade his mom to let him keep the snake Omar s sister Zara always comes to his room to hold his snake no matter if the snake is in or out of the cage When Omar s friend Philip comes over to his house, there is some trouble This is an awesome book. I gave this book three stars because while I enjoyed it, I am also very fascinated by snakes and in fact used to have a pet ball python As someone who used to have a pet snake I found this book very realistic and amusing Omar s mother s reaction to the idea of him getting such a pet was very similar to my own mother s when I proposed the idea to her at the age of thirteen.There are really no illustrations to discuss, but the small motif of the snake which appears at the beginning of each chapter is reminiscent of Native American art to me It s simple but pretty While I understood the reasoning for the snake and mouse related metaphors, they got a bit tiresome over time However, I actually enjoyed the educational aspects of this book I also appreciated the fact that it was kept up to date with references to Google, Priuses and a couple reality shows This added a realistic, current feel without resorting to cheesy slang All in all this was an entertaining and informative read. Omar really wants a snake, but he had to convince his mother that it wouldn t be dangerous So he does his research the characteristics of snakes, how to take good care of them, even who to buy from At a family meeting, they all agree to a list of rules that Omar must follow in order to get and keep a snake And so the process begins Omar manages to buy most of the equipment he needs from Samkatt s his best friend s neighbor Omar then finds Snake Dude, a snake breeder with a lot of positive reviews on the Internet He and his dad go to pick out a snake Now, the easy part is finished and he must care of the snake carefully and responsibly so that his mother sees it Unfortunately, that s when things really start going wrong.A good novel to talk about responsibility Students who like snakes will probably enjoy all the interesting details on how to care for a pet snake. My third graders loved this read aloud I must admit the beginning was tedious for an adult to read but kids were enthralled by the step by step adventure of owning a snake The last half of the book was fun to read to the kids and they begged for when we had to stop. I think this book handles multiculturalism very well by making it not a huge deal but having some affect on the story As far as an instruction guide for having a pet, not so much but definitely a good lesson in compromise and using resources to your advantage I do like that the book is paced quickly without feeling rushed and that it s not over complicated. Omar Wants A Snake Than Anything, But His Mom Is Unenthusiastic To Say The Least However, The Family Manages To Strike A Compromise Omar Can Get A Corn Snake But The Pet, Which He Names Arrow, Must Stay Inside Omar S Room, Where His Mom Will Not Have To Set Eyes On It When Arrow Escapes, The Incident Becomes A Catalyst For Omar To Gain A New Understanding Of His Mother And His Childhood In War Torn Lenanon A good story, especially if you are thinking about getting a snake as a pet It was a little hard for me to read at some points because I do not like snakes, or frozen mice Kind of grossed me out The interesting thing is the author talks about snake phobias in the book Was he thinking about me Ack It felt like it was an informational book about how to keep pet snakes than a story at times Then a big issue is cracked open on the last few pages but tidily overcome Should have played a bigger part in the book. Omar convinces his family he can take care of a snake His mom is afraid of snakes Arrow the snake disappears When Omar realizes why his mom is so scared of snakes he needs to find Arrow immediately.
Eric A Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1946 He attended PS 193, Andries Hudde Junior High School, and Midwood High School Brooklyn College was across the street from his high school, so he didn t want to go there He headed west, to Easton, Pennsylvania where he graduated from Lafayette College in 1967 with a bachelor s degree in English literature Eric worked as an elementary school teache
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- Eric A. Kimmel
- 11 October 2018 Eric A. Kimmel