Laurie Schneider Adams

Alice and the Boa Constrictor

Published by Houghton, Mifflin 1983. Co-author Allison Coudert.. Illustrations by Emily McCully
"A What?" exclaimed Mr. Whipple. "You studied Eskimos last year and you didn't get an Eskimo."

And so begins the story of how Alice Whipple with the help of her little sister, Beatrice, and their friends, Peter and James, acquired a non-breeding stock pet boa named Sir Lancelot. As a result of her achievement, Alice, formerly relegated to the unpopular group of girls known as Turnips, was admitted to the elite clique in her fourth-grade class -- the Peaches.

Four other books in the series, published by Doubleday, continue the adventures of Alice. They are Alice Whipple Fifth Grade Detective, in which Alice helps the Metropolitan Museum solve an art-related crime, Alice Whipple Shapes up, in which Alice prepares for a soccer match against a rival school, Alice Whipple in Wonderland, in which Alice stars in the school play, and Alice Whipple for President, in which Alice runs for president of her class.

The school attended by Alice and Beatrice, Miss Barton's School for Girls, is located in New York City. The authors also attended such a school and the story of the boa constrictor is based on an account by the second-grade science teacher combined with our own experiences there.

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A survey of Italian Renaissance art from the 14th through the 16th century
Two short introductions: one to Italian Renaissance Art and one to Baroque Art
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A brief history of 19th-Century Western art
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A lavishly illustrated, brief introduction to some of the most important topics in considering works of art
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Art and Law
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Based on the cases of Robert Volpe, art crime detective in New York City during the 1970's
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A two-volume survey of the western humanities, including art, history, religion and myth, literature, philosophy, and science
For Children
How Alice Whipple became the proud owner of a boa constrictor and an esteemed member of the Peaches in the fourth grade

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