The Slug and the Snail
by Oein de Bharduin
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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 07 Dec 2023
An illustrated own-voices fable about self-acceptance and pride from a member of the Irish Traveller nomadic ethnic minority
Drawn from the Irish Traveller oral storytelling tradition, DeBhairduin’s tale is a gentle allegory about difference, self-acceptance and different ways of seeing the world.
Two slugs travel happily together as brothers, until they meet a crow who shows them that they have no home. Ashamed, one of the slugs decides to make himself a home, and calls himself snail.The brothers grow apart and become suspicious of each other. The slug with no shell-house feels ashamed until he learns to see that the very road he travels is his home, and so he shall never be homeless.
The happy slug no longer sees himself through the judging eyes of others, but proudly asserts his place in the world and the two brothers travel happily together once more.
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I definitely learned something from this book. There’s a group of people from Ireland known as Travelers. They are nomadic. This story points out that though we are different we can still find common ground. I believe that to be true. We shouldn’t focus on our differences. It also speaks to family dynamics. We often follow diverse paths, but we still love each other and are family. I was given an ARC to provide an unbiased review. The illustrations were good as was the story. Quite entertaining.
This is a beautifully illustrated telling of an Irish tale of Travellers, a traditionally nomadic ethnic minority group from Ireland. Slug and Snail are brothers, living their nomadic life in peace and tranquility, until the day they meet Crow. Crow has lots of questions about where they call home. Crow plants seeds of doubt and distrust the slowly pull the happy brothers apart. Only through exploring the ideas of home and connection are Slug and Snail able to reunite and live happily ever after.
The story of the slug and the snail could prompt many discussions about homes. It would also be an interesting starting point to learn about a new cultures (Irish Travellers) and nomadic lifestyles.
Thank you to Little Island, Skein Press, and Netgalley for the egalley version of this book. All opinions are my own. I look forward to getting my hands on the actual book when it's published!