Academic journal article The Science Teacher

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Academic journal article The Science Teacher

The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

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The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating By Elisabeth Tova Bailey. $18.95. 190 pp. Algonquin. Chapel Hill, NC. 2010. ISBN: 9781565126060.

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In this book, Elisabeth Tova Bailey chronicles her observations of a woodland snail. Bailey suffers from a painful neurological affliction that permits her only minimal movement. Rolling from side to side is a major achievement. To brighten Bailey's days, a friend gave her a woodland snail housed in a terra-cotta pot arranged with carefully dug wild violets.

Puzzled about what to do with a snail, Bailey began to watch its minute movements. The snail's adventures were limited to travels in and around the flower pot and later expanded to a small terrarium. The snail became the perfect companion. As days passed, Elizabeth added water and dried flowers to sustain the snail. The nocturnal creature filled a void and reconnected her to life. The snail provided a glimmer of hope as Elizabeth observed the smallest changes in its life.

The author also explores the anatomy of the gastropod, from the sawlike radula with thousands of teeth and telescopic tentacles, to the magnificent shell and interesting slime. …

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