Recently I’ve started to collect snail related books, since there aren’t a whole lot. Some of them have begun to arrive:
Snail Trail by Ruth Brown is definitely a winner. Only a fellow snail lover can really understand the utter love and observation the author has, and put into, snails, in order to create this book. Snails are surprisingly expressive and easy to anthropomorphize, not necessarily visually (though the author did a superb job) but rather, to someone who loves and watches them, it’s impossible to miss all the little ways in which they move their feelers, how their eyes often look in different directions, how they stretch, etc. You can tell the author took careful loving observation of these traits.
I can not recommend this book enough. Look for it on Amazon. It’s very short but it is lovely.
I’ve placed it on display in my studio. There’s a little snail toy I’m expecting, which I will display next to it:
Ten Shiny Snails by Ruth Galloway has been another favorite. Inside, there is a lovely page featuring the snails with a squirrel! I was so tickled by this, that I gave it prominent display in my studio as well:
I don’t expect to share all of the books I ordered but thought these were cute enough.