Though ""the other young snakes slithered along in squirming swirls,"" poor Simon, though handsome and slender and ""twice as long as a snake needs to be,"" ""couldn't slither or squiggle or slink."" ""A snake who can't slither is no snake at all,"" the others whisper--but of course it's Simon who saves them all from poachers by making a bridge of his long stiff body so that they can slither across a ""ferocious"" river. Not only that, but ""See this! I can slither and squibble and squirm! The struggling and stretching has loosened my spine!"" It's an obvious way out of a stock situation, and Bradbury puts in more s's per line than even a snake should deliver, but her silly little story does tipple along. And Hoff adds some slapstick humor to Simon's early predicament.