Hazel and the Snails

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, with black-and-white illustrations by Giselle Clarkson.

Richly rewarding and cleverly layered, adults will be as drawn to it as children. Nan Blanchard’s assured eye is a rare quality in a new writer; seldom has the world of a young child been so delicately or acutely observed. Hazel and the Snails takes you straight to the heart of childhood’s mysteries and delights.

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A superb junior fiction book for readers aged 8 and up.  The author is an exciting new New Zealand author who has been mentored by children’s literature champion Kate de Goldi and Susan Paris (editor of the School Journal). Charming illustrations by well-known illustrator Giselle Clarkson throughout.

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The Sapling ~ “A gentle story from a first-time author, told with heart and presented with quirky visual treats.”

Services to Schools, National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa ~ “A tender and unusual story about a family faced with a terminal illness . . . Unfolds slowly and gently. Don’t forget to flick the pages to watch the snail move.”

About the Kiwi author

Nan Blanchard is a counsellor who also teaches in the Counselling and Guidance Programmes at the Institute of Education, Massey University.

Additional information

Dimensions19.8 × 14 cm
First published



Paperback edition



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Published by

Massey University Press

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