This item sold on October 12, 2009.
I started making these Book Snakes for myself after years of trying to hold books open by balancing unwieldy objects on top of them, or wedging them underneath my plate while eating. The Book Snake will hold your book open when your hands are otherwise occupied. It is thin and flexible enough not to obscure your view of the page, but heavy enough to hold down even the stiffest, newest paperback binding.
Eco-bonus: the snakes are all made of leftover or recycled yarn. Flower is made of yarn left over after I made a fun pair of stripey socks. She is stuffed with wool scraps for softness and BB's for weight. Flower is Fergus and Fenton's sister, since they come from the same ball of yarn. You can see the family resemblance! Fergus and Fenton have already been sold though; Flower is the last stripey book snake left.
Book Snakes have a second handy household function as well: securing just the business end of a laptop's cord on top of a desk or counter. Keeps the surface clean and neat--no power brick and extra cord on the surface--and prevents the plug from plummeting to the floor when you unplug your laptop.
Great for yourself, or as a gift for the voracious reader or laptop-user on your list. Definitely NOT for young children, due to beady little eyes and BB filling.