Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

updated 02/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/27/1989 AT 01:00 AM EST

>SNAKES! AND THE BOY WHO WAS AFRAID OF THEM THE SNAKE WHO WAS AFRAID OF PEOPLE Written by Barry Louis Polisar and illustrated by David Clark, these shaggy reptile stories address unusual issues in odd ways. Polisar doesn't show how Lenny, the boy terrified of snakes, conquers his fears and learns to love our scaled friends; he shows how his fears are justified as five of Lenny's classmates disappear near a boa's cage at the zoo. At times, Polisar may be saying, we should trust our instincts. In The Snake Who Was Afraid of People, Leo, a timid garter snake sort, is captured by a bratty boy. If Lenny learns what snakes are capable of, Leo learns the same about people. (Rainbow Morning Music, $9.95, paper $7.95 each)

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