Sylvia Finds a Way
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The story of how one small creature can have a powerful effect for her and her friends using the power of restraint, kindness, and respect.

2023 Nominee, Patricia Gallagher Children’s Choice Award

"Could there be a more Oregon picture book than one starring a slug who does yoga? Oregon author Stephanie Shaw's quirky protagonist stars in a story in which her sly sweetness carries the day when her animal friends' speed, strength and size all fail against a protective gardener. Mixed-media illustrations by Fiona Lee enhance Sylvia's elegant solution."
The Oregonian

"Shaw's evocative descriptions of the flora and fauna will engage young readers and the author's note gives factual information about slugs and their value to the garden's ecosystem. Lee's mixed-media illustrations have a sophisticated palette with an aesthetic that grown-up fans of Anna Rifle Bond will appreciate. The balance between boisterous action and meditative zen makes this title a standout among yoga picture books. A fun, frolicking tale, and welcome addition to picture book collections, that sneaks in an etiquette lesson without feeling overly didactic."
School Library Journal

"Confident in her own brand of quiet strength, Sylvia's way teaches kids that there are different kinds of strength. And that often, the best way to solve a problem is not with physical strength, but with patience and words. Stephanie Shaw and Fiona Lee's depiction of this unlikely hero is sure to find fans among yoga and garden enthusiasts. Lee's expressive art is a perfect complement to Shaw's simple and satisfying story. The earthy color palette allows Sylvia's 'slime' trail of silvery, shiny gloss to take center stage, keeping even the youngest readers entranced. Throw in some fun yoga poses, and this book makes a delightful, interactive read-aloud."
Good Reads with Ronna

"This cute story is brought to life by adorable pictures (the people and animals are very expressive) and even the shiny slime trail Sylvia leaves behind."
Youth Services Review

Sylvia is as small as your pinky finger and as slow as a. . . slug! She can't run or jump or fly like her animal friends. They hatch a plot to sneak into the bountiful garden.

But Sylvia has her own way of doing things—one that will make all the difference.



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Date de parution 16 novembre 2021
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781513289502
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 28 Mo

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Finds a
Written by Stephanie Shaw
Illustrated by Fiona Lee
Dedicated to all who show their strength through the civility they
extend to others, and especially to my cousins Sandra and Patsy. -S.S.
For Penelope, my daughter, who came into this world and burst my heart wide
open while I was putting the finishing touches on these illustrations. -F.L.
Text 2021 by Stephanie Shaw
Illustrations 2021 by Fiona Lee
Edited by Michelle McCann
All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced
or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or
mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any
information storage and retrieval system, without written
permission of the publisher.
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Shaw, Stephanie, writer. | Lee, Fiona (Illustrator),
Title: Sylvia finds a way / written by Stephanie Shaw;
illustrated by Fiona Lee.
Description: Berkeley, CA : West Margin Press, [2021] |
Audience: Ages 5-8 | Audience: Grades K-1 | Summary:
Showing restraint, kindness, and respect, Sylvia the slug
shows her hungry animal friends another way to approach
a problem that can make all the difference.
Identifiers: LCCN 2021018883 (print) | LCCN 2021018884
(ebook) | ISBN 9781513289496 (hardback) |
ISBN 9781513289502 (ebook)
Subjects: CYAC: Individuality-Fiction. | Cooperativeness-
Classification: LCC PZ7.S53434 Sy 2021 (print) |
LCC PZ7.S53434 (ebook) | DDC [E]--dc23
LC record available at
LC ebook record available at
Printed in China
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Published by West Margin Press
Proudly distributed by Ingram Publisher Services
Publishing Director: Jennifer Newens
Marketing Manager: Alice Wertheimer
Project Specialist: Micaela Clark
Editor: Olivia Ngai
Design Production: Rachel Lopez Metzger
Sylvia pressed her tummy into the
cool, morning mud. She stretched
her body from one end to the other.
Lifting her face to the rising sun,
she breathed deeply.
I am a cobra, said Sylvia.
But Sylvia was not a cobra.

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