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Corfu, Greece
Liana Metal lives in Greece, on the island of Corfu. She is an EFL teacher(MAEd -Applied Linguistics), book reviewer and freelance writer. Liana is also an artist. Her drawings/paintings can be found both online at www.aggelia-online.gr and at several shops in Corfu town. To contact the artist visit http://LianaMetal.tripod.com or her blog at http://LianasKerkyra.blogspot.com Η Ηλιάνα Μεταλληνού διδάσκει Αγγλικά στην Κέρκυρα, γράφει άρθρα και ιστορίες για έντυπες και ηλεκτρονικές εκδόσεις σε όλο τον κόσμο και ζωγραφίζει. Μπορείτε να την επισκεφθείτε στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση http://toasprosaligari.blogspot.com και http://www.coffeetimecorfu.com


A book for kids/ 3 stories in English

Friday, February 27, 2009

More comments...

From a maths teacher who has read The White Snail:

"A sweet story that anyone can read!"


Monday, February 16, 2009

Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: The White Snail

Corfu, Greece, February 2009

The White Snail

Written and illustrated by Iliana Metallinou

The White Snail includes an exciting story and educational material appropriate for young readers. It is the first of a series of books that aims to encourage children to read stories while, at the same time learn about nature. At the end of each book there are educational activities.

The White Snails basic theme is self-esteem that develops from early childhood. The hero of this story believes that he is not equal to the other snails just because he is different. This story is about the differences among people or peoples generally. It caters not only to young kids but also to adults, parents and teachers.

This series also aims to highlight some of the small miracles of nature, that we usually take for granted. The White Snail encourages the reader to notice snails closely and learn some facts about them via the educational activity at the end of the book.


This book can be read both in Greek and English. Thus, it caters to Foreign Language education as well as to readers all over the world.

Author and illustrator, Iliana Metallinou, holds a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics, is an artist, a book reviewer, former Language School owner, and nature lover.

Available at Vasilis Savvanis Publications, Corfu, Greece,

www.aggelia-online.gr, local bookstores and kiosks.

The White Snail

ISBN: 978-960-98648-0-0

Paperback, 32 pages, 16x16 cm

5.50 euros

Saturday, February 14, 2009

From another author...

"Dear Liana,
I want to thank you for sending me a copy of your book. It’s a lovely children’s book and I enjoyed reading the story again. I particularly enjoyed reading the Greek version...I didn’t know what the word for snail was in Greek and now I do.

The White Snail is about a happy, lovable white snail, who wishes his “home” was brown like all the other snails. He meets a lovely female snail, who admires his beautiful white home, and the white snail soon realizes that the grass is always greener on the other side."

Pauline Hager, author of "Memoirs of an American housewife in Japan"


Some comments...

Two Primary School pupils write about The White Snail book:

"I like the picture with the ants and the lizard. This is a funny story and I love all the pictures in it!"

Steven Kordas

"I like the snail that is painting its house. I think this story is fun to read".


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The English cover...

Here is the English cover...at last!

This time the file was OK.

The book is now available at the Kiosk, near the post office, and at

Moustakis bookshop at Saroko.

I am waiting for the printer to deliver more copies so as to distribute to more spots.

I also expect to get some snail cards printed but they seem to delay once more.

Anyway, I was not expecting to have everything ready before the end of this month. Time goes by slowly...

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The English cover!

I have been trying to upload this image for some time, but the color is wrong-my white snail is not blue! I don't know what's wrong with the uploading; anyway the picture is identical to the Greek cover on the previous post!

Latest news:
The printer has delivered just a small portion of the White Snail so far, which I have already distributed to some bookshops and kiosks in the neighborhood. I will only mention a few here:

Kiosk-at Leoforos Alexandras (they sell papers and magazines)

Moustakis bookshop-at Ger.Markora street (Saroko)


Soon available at:

Symmetria bookshop -at Marasli street, near the Fire brigade station

Mazaraki bookshop-just off the 1st Junior High School

Pyxida bookshop- at pezodromos

The book costs just 5.50 e.