Book Share: Nature Week

Hi everyone! My name is Heather, and I LOVE to read! I especially like reading books about nature and animals. My favorite book is one I read to my kids when they were small called Verdi by Janell Cannon. It’s about a little yellow python who did not want to grow up. His name is Verdi, and he really liked being yellow. He knew when he grew up he would turn green so he tried to move so fast that the green couldn’t catch up to him! He was going so fast that he crashed! Some older pythons took him in and helped him get better after his crash. He had to stay still for a long, long time. To find out if Verdi turns green you should read this book!

I made a fun snake whirligig because it reminds me of Verdi! Here’s how I did it so you can make one too:


First, you need scissors, colored pencils, a marker, a hole punch, and string.

Draw a spiral shape on some paper with the marker to be your snake:


Then color both sides of the spiral. I colored one side yellow and one side green to be Verdi as a young python and an older python.




After you’re done coloring, cut out your spiral following the lines:


After you cut it out, punch a hole in the middle:


Then add a string!


There’s your Verdi Whirligig! See how fast you can make it fly!


Heather Grimaldi, Group Programs Specialist, has worked at Kidspace since 2016. Prior to that she was a Preschool teacher working with students with special needs for almost ten years and has over twenty years of experience in the field. When not at Kidspace, Heather likes to go hiking and swimming with her kids and husband, try out new recipes and read.