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The Snail and the Whale Paperback – Illustrated, 3 Sep 2004
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"Along with providing a resonant environmental message, the story lightly demonstrates that friendships come in all shapes and sizes. Publishers Weekly, starred review" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The thrilling tale of a tiny snail and a great big grey-blue humpback whale . . .See all Product Description
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A lovely story which is especially suitable for 5-8 year olds.
It is the story of a tiny sea snail who wants to travel the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. They travel the world together and, when the whale gets into trouble, the snail manages to pay his fare by getting the help of some school children.
A truly lovely picture book story which parents and grandparents will enjoy reading as much as the children will enjoy hearing again and again.
Need a new copy now as the first one is worn out with love.
Cynthia Marie Rizzo, author of "Julie and the Unicorn" and "Angela and the Princess"
For me, it is an absolute delight to read and look at, and difficult to decide which is more enchanting - the words or the illustrations.
Her other favourite is the Gruffalo and she has started to point to the owl and the snake, and of course the Gruffalo, when I ask her to show me where they are, and I am hoping that she soon starts to get the same developmental benefit from the Snail and the Whale as I can think of no finer introduction to the concept of relating words to images than the works of Donaldson and Scheffler.
PS I love the scared face of the woman in green in the speedboat "Buzz".
Her other books, Gruffalo's Child, Squash & a Squeeze, Charlie Cook, Giant, Room on a Broom, Monkey, Paintbrush & Sharing a Shell also get a lot of attention.
I'm not personally keen on things which seem to be over hyped, and don't particularly like the Gruffalo (awarded Pre-School award by The Book Trust) have to say, but I do like this book (Blue Peter Book Award: Best Illustrated Book to Read Aloud 2005)
It's unfortunately too old for my three year old - perhaps some parents could read it to this age group but really it's most suitable for the 5-8 age range having smallish writing etc. The pictures are very nice and the story/themes good, supporting "understanding of the world" etc. My child prefers "Sharing a Shell" and the funny "Room on a Broom" at her stage.
It is most likely a modern classic along with Donaldson's other titles.
Other good picture books for this age range are by Giles Andreae, Dahl, Lynley Dodd, Judith Kerr, Martin Waddell, Max Velthuijs, Debi Gliori & Emma Chichester-Clark etc and you can also search by age through the Book Trust recommendations list online.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book - story flows well and lots of things totalk about in the pictures. One of our 2yo's favorite books.Published 4 days ago by Bonnie & Joachim Chapman
Great book. I absolutely love Julia Donaldson. My daughter throughly enjoys being read this story time and time again. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Nicki
I purchased this book together with three others, all books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. All board books look wonderful. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great Julia/axel book, we have a lot of them and this one doesn't disappoint, a favourite bedtime read.Published 24 days ago by Jenniy2k_uk