"Verdi" by Janell Cannon

Verdi - Janell Cannon

A tale of a baby snake who is not ready to grow up. The book tells the story of his efforts to stay young and active, through his journey he realizes growing up isn't so bad. This book has a rich vocabulary. Teachers could use this book to demonstrate creative writing to students. This could also be use as an integrated science and reading lesson. Students could pair this text with an informational text on adaption. After reading first, the informational text and next, "Verdi"; students could pick out the adaption the green pythons in the book have. 


Interest Level

Grades K - 2

Reading Level

Grade level Equivalent: 4.8

Lexile® Measure:AD620L

DRA: 34

Guided Reading: O

Type of Book: Read-Aloud Book


  • Fables, Folk Tales and Myths


  • Adolescent Issues
  • Coming of Age
  • Individuality
  • Pride and Self-Esteem