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The Snail and the Whale Paperback – Illustrated, 3 Sep 2004

4.8 out of 5 stars 1,524 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (3 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1509801219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0333982242
  • ASIN: 033398224X
  • Product Dimensions: 28 x 0.4 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,524 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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The thrilling tale of a tiny snail and a great big grey-blue humpback whale . . .

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Format: Hardcover
Told with strong rhythm and rhyme as you'd expect, this is another sturdy addition to the Donaldson stable. In a nutshell, there are two types of dinosaur living alongside each other, the duck-billed dinosaurs who are peace-loving and vegetarian and the T. Rexes who, obviously, aren't. By chance a duck-billed dinosaur egg ends up in the T. Rex nest and the grim and grisly mother T Rex hatches a rather drippy little specimen. T. Drip, as his sisters name him, runs away across the river where he finds a herd of duckbill dinosaurs and when his T Rex family come across the river to eat the duckbills, he saves the day. The illustrations are lovely, quirky and funky with cool expressions on the dinosaurs faces, though the colour palette is not as wide-ranging as some of the other Donaldson stories. With a slightly more detailed and slower paced story, I wonder whether the book is aimed at the slightly older child than Sharing a Shell, Room on The Broom and The Gruffalo? Make sure you have those first, and then add this to your bookshelf as you child's attention span develops. Perfect for the older preschooler and Key Stage 1 children.

And if you love the style of these illustrations, I throroughly recommend Little Red: A fizzingly good yarn which is a very different type of tale with equally appealing pictures by David Roberts.
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Format: Hardcover
I have read this book to children in Year 2 and 3, all of which loved it. The illustrations are beautiful and there are many lessons which can tie in with the books themes; travel, friendship, rhyming etc.
A lovely story which is especially suitable for 5-8 year olds.
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Format: Hardcover
Another super children's story from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Those who have read Julia's previous works, such as the Gruffalo, The Monkey Puzzle, Room on the Broom and the Smartest Giant in Town, will recognise the pleasing, rhythmic style and carefully crafted structure of the story as well as the quality of Axel Scheffler's glorious illustrations which bring this enchanting story to life.
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.
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By EllyBlue TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is popular with both my 13 month old and my almost 3 year old. It is written in a lilting rhyme which is great to read aloud - I really do enjoy reading it to them, and interesting, detailed illustrations. The story is simple but touches on so many themes you'd like little children to think about; the desire to see new and amazing things, why even when you're small you can make a big difference, and helping out someone who needs it. I would thoroughly recommend this book for those with little children, and I'm sure it will be a favourite in our house for a long time to come.
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By A Customer on 25 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This wonderful book has the flow of a song, almost Dylan Thomas in its pace and grace (no pun intended). Shows the wonder of travel and lets small children know that they can make a difference and that being small does not mean they are not capable or important.
Need a new copy now as the first one is worn out with love.
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Format: Hardcover
This book needs to be read out loud, and you have to add silly voices. My boys (aged 5 and 7 years) loved it and demanded repeat readings many times. The art is wonderfully anarchic, and characters full of colour and personality, and there is a lot of detail half-hidden in the background, making it a book that your kids will love to look through to find where then egg-stealing Comp will turn up next.

The writing is good, and the rhymes are well constructed. There's one page where you'll get caught out as you turn the page, but it's great stuff.

Whether you are cheering for the predators or the herbivores, you'll find lots of cheer in this delightful package. It's only a shame that it isn't a longer book so that the fun could go on longer. Long live duckbill dinosaurs!
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Format: Paperback
This book is excellent! It shows you that anyone can become friends with each other. In this book, a snail and a whale become friends and travel together. When trouble arises, the snail becomes the hero. This book is great for young children showing them that if you put your mind to something, you can accomplish anything even how small you are.

Cynthia Marie Rizzo, author of "Julie and the Unicorn" and "Angela and the Princess"
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Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful tale of a little fish's underwater adventures told in rhythmic text with a rather relaxed lolloping rhyme accompanied by bright bold illustrations. Tiddler is a little fish with a big imagination who arrives late at fish school every day with a whopper of a reason why such as I was flying with a ray, I met a mermaid with a treasure chest at ashipwreck etc. Classmate little Johnny Dory loves Tiddler's tall tales so much he tells them to his granny and hence the stories spread far and wide.
One day as Tiddler dawdles along he gets caught in a net and so begins a real story of his own. Although the fishermen throw him straight back he is lost in the middle of the ocean amongst strange deep sea fish but then he hears one of his own stories and follows its trail home to the last double page for a finale with a bit of a difference.
My children 3,5 and 6 are all delighted with this new addition to our bookshelf and picked up immediately on the repetition of "Tiddler, Tiddler, Tiddler's LATE" and "Oh no (s)he didn't. Oh yes (s)he did," calling them out by the second read through. The littlest particularly loved the many different kinds of fish, and was delighted to spot the Gruffalo-fish lurking two-thirds the way through! Meanwhile, the picture of the author in her diving gear researching the story is a great talking point for the older child.
An absolute winner.
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