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The Snail and the Whale Board book – Sep 20 2006


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Product Details

  • Board book: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Campbell Books; New edition edition (Sept. 20 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405054255
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405054256
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 2.1 x 16.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

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
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. H. Sweet on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 15 2004
Format: Hardcover
Rhyming texts are always appealing to young ears, and this adventure tale by Julia Donaldson is no exception.
A tiny sea snail lives on a rock overlooking the sea. The more he looks at the sea the more he dreams of sailing around it. Ignoring the advice of his fellow snails who want him to stay put he posts a sign on the rock: "Ride wanted around the world." As they say, nothing ventured nothing gained.

One night a giant humpback whale came to the rock and invited the snail to sail with him. It didn't take the snail but a second to decide - he hopped on the whale's tail and they were off.
They saw many wonders: icebergs, penguins, mountains, golden sands, underwater caves. Such excitement!
But one day there was a bit too much excitement as racing speedboats forced the whale to swim too close to shore. Then as it does every day, the tide went out leaving "the whale beached in a bay."
Now, how can a tiny snail possibly save his friend the whale?
Youngsters will love this story's ending, and also learn a valuable lesson.
- Gail Cooke
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 20 2004
Format: Hardcover
We just received this book and it has already become one of my son's favorites. We had to read it twice the day it came and he is asking for it every night. It is a beautiful book, I fell in love with it the first time I read it to him. The text flows smoothly, the story is wonderful, it shows how even if your different you can get along and help one another. It also teaches that it doesn't matter what size you are , you can make a difference. The illustrations are wonderful, alot of detail and color. Just all around one of the best books I have ever purchased.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the best book my daughter and I have read in a while. She is 4, and I have been reading it to her every day since we got it. We liked it so much that we had to check out all of the other Julia Donaldson books. We also love Room on the Broom. Both of these are fun rhyming books that tell a wonderful story.
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By Lindsay on Sept. 29 2014
Format: Board book
This is my favourite children's book to date. Not only is the story endearing (I got teary-eyed at one point) and the illustrations whimsical and filled with fascinating detail, the rhyming versus are simply beautiful. I don't know how to explain it - it's like the sentences are longer than normal so that you're ever so slightly out of breath at the end which is kind of like how you might imagine a snail seeing the world for the first time would be. I can't recommend this book enough. You won't tire of reading it unlike some tedious children's books *cough*Boynton*cough*
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By A Customer on April 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
My children and I love this book! The rhyming verses just flow beautifully, holding my children's attention as well as mine. I have yet to tire of reading this out loud to them. The pictures are wonderful and we love the snail! Not only is it fun to read but it has a great message for children. This will remain one of my all time favorite children's books.
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By VJ on May 23 2009
Format: Board book
my little girl loves this book and so do I. The rhyming lyricism make it an easy read. The story is so lovely about anything is possible even if you are small... I would strongly recommend this book for the 2-4+ age group.
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By Jeanette on July 11 2014
Format: Board book Verified Purchase
Lovely story about sharing and love. We love the rhyming.
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