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The Snail and the Whale [Board book]

Julia Donaldson , Alex Scheffler , Axel Scheffler
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Book Description

Sept. 20 2006

One tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it`s the tiny snail who saves the day.


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PreSchool-Grade 3--A tiny mollusk that longs to see the world hitches a ride aboard a humpback whale in this charming picture book. After seeing far-off islands, underwater caves, and storm-filled skies, the snail feels impossibly small--until the whale is beached in a harbor, and she saves the day by writing a note on the blackboard of a nearby school to summon help. The message that even the smallest among us can help others will not be lost on children, and neither will the poetic language: "A humpback whale, immensely long,/Who sang to the snail a wonderful song/Of shimmering ice and coral caves/And shooting stars and enormous waves." Donaldson's smooth, sprightly rhyming scheme buoys the story and never falters. The flat, cartoonish look of Scheffler's multimedia illustrations perfectly complements the tone of the text. The rollicking language and bright pictures make this a great choice for reading aloud.--Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Maryland School for the Deaf, Columbia
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About the Author

Julia Donaldson is one of the UK’s most successful picture book authors, whose titles regularly appear at the top of the bestseller lists -- most notably the acknowledged modern classic and Smarties Gold Award winner THE GRUFFALO (0 333 71093 2), together with ROOM ON THE BROOM (0 333 90338 2) and THE SMARTEST GIANT IN TOWN (0 333 96144 7), all illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Julia is also much in demand for her brilliant events for children at schools, libraries and literary festivals.

Axel Scheffler has achieved worldwide acclaim for his illustrations, and his books have been translated into over 27 languages. His has a wicked eye for character and his humorous drawings are the perfect complement to Julia’s witty, vibrant verse.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and Heartwarming Adventure Dec 9 2004
Format:Hardcover
I absolutely love this book. It is a classic tale with a friendship reminiscent of Wilbur and Charlotte, though expressed in much fewer words. This is an exceptional book with beautiful illustrations and a wonderful story - perfect for all ages. The adventurous spirit and courage of our tiny hero is remarkable, proving that even the smallest of us can make a huge difference in the world. This is truly a prize book for my collection, and one I will enjoy reading again and again for years to come.
J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 11 2014
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Lovely story about sharing and love. We love the rhyming.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! May 20 2014
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We purchased this to give as a gift. The book is a must have for any family. The service and facility of ordering make purchasing online so convenient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of our favourite Donaldson books. Feb. 24 2014
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The cadence of the verse is a pleasure to read aloud and the rhymes are simple enough for little ones to enjoy. The story itself is beautiful too: great power lies in small things! Environmental commentary, the beauty of travel and seeing the world, everything is in this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book Feb. 14 2014
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I love this author and their style. Very Dr.Seuss like! It is almost sing songy to read and all the books (including this one) have a great lesson to learn. I have loved everything I have read by this author. If you are a Seuss lover, you won't be disappointed :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read Jan. 10 2014
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I love reading this book to my 3 year old son. It's entertaining, a great message and my son loves the story, rhymes and illustrations. I haven't tired of it after nightly reads since December 25. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such a beautiful book Dec 10 2009
Format:Board book
We all love this book, love it, love it. I give it as a gift as often as possible, its a must have for every child. Did I say already we love this book?!
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