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Hazel and the Snails
A debut children’s book destined to become a classic
Hazel and the Snails is the first title to be published by Massey University Press’s new children’s imprint Annual Ink, a partnership with children’s literature champions Kate De Goldi and Susan Paris.
Six-year-old Hazel tends her colony of shoebox snails while observing, with varying degrees of understanding, her father’s illness and final decline. Impending loss forms the heart of this story, but it’s charming and funny, too. Richly rewarding and cleverly layered, adults will be as drawn to it as children.
A compelling book for middle readers (ages eight to 13) it features charming illustrations by Giselle Clarkson and takes you straight to the heart of childhood’s mysteries and delights.