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The End of the Beginning

Being the Adventures of a Small Snail (and an Even Smaller Ant)

Avi, Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)


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Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/1/2008)


Avon the snail has never had an adventure. And adventure, he has heard, is the key to a happy life. So with his new friend Edward the ant, Avon sets out on a journey to find the excitement his life has been missing.

The travelers meet all manner of wise, weird, and intriguing creatures--including a dragon!--and it's not long before their adventures begin.

In the tradition of such classics as The Little Prince, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Winnie-the-Pooh, this completely original story--a modern fable for our time--brims with wit, wisdom, and profound insights about the meaning of things . . . great and small.

Harcourt Children's Books, 9780152049683, 143pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2004

About the Author

AVI has written many acclaimed novels for middle grade and teen readers, including his Newbery Medal-winning "Crispin: The Cross of Lead" and his two Newbery Honor Books, " Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel" and "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle." He lives in Denver, Colorado.

TRICIA TUSA has illustrated several picture books, including "Mrs. Spitzer's Garden" by Edith Pattou and her own "Maebelle's Suitcase; Camilla's New Hairdo, " a "Parents" Magazine Best Book; and "Bunnies in My Head, " which also features drawings by the young patients at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She lives in Houston, Texas.