Curtis Curly-tail and the Ship of Sneakers Book Page

Curtis, Curly-tail,
why must you stray
so far from home?
How will you ever get back?
For Readers Age 7+

Wonderful Colored Pencil Illustrations by
Arthur F. Winstanley

The very curious Curtis catches a ride on a boat. At first, the big city is so different, Curtis is happy to be there.

But, he’s alone, in an unfamiliar place, where life moves very quickly. He wants to go home to his den, to his native sand.

How in the world will Curtis ever get back to Warderick Wells?

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This book, before it became a favorite children’s storybook, had a story all it’s own. Then writer Elaine A. Powers, met a curly-tail lizard on a beach in The Bahamas; and after the lizard sat on her sneaker for over two hours, the story came to her, in one sitting. 

If you’d like to read the whole story, Curtis tells about this meeting on the blog page, Tales and Tails, in Hello from Curtis!

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Click Image to Hear “Don’t Call Me Turtle!”

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Meet Curtis Curly-tail at You Tube!

Come hear life from a lizard's point of view!


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This free brochure teaches how to tell the difference between the endangered Rock Iguana and the invasive Green Iguana.
ALSO available: A brochure that shows the differences between Statia’s Iguana and the Green Iguana.
Use the Email Box on my Contact Page to contact me to obtain them.

Iguana Specialist Group

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International Reptile Conservation Foundation

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International Iguana Foundation

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