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The Snail and the Whale [Board book]

Julia Donaldson , Alex Scheffler , Axel Scheffler
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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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and Heartwarming Adventure Dec 9 2004
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 IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT April 15 2004
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful Book April 20 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!! May 21 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite! April 2 2004
By A Customer
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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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.
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! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Shangrila Ottawa
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute book
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jennifer L Trew
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
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. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Angie A.
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful illustrations
My 3 year old grandson loved the pictures in this book, as he loves all types of animals and fish. He loves it when I read it to him.
Published on Jan. 5 2010 by marg
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a beautiful 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?!
Published on Dec 10 2009 by Mrs. K. A. Sowden
5.0 out of 5 stars heart warming story
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... Read more
Published on May 23 2009 by VJ
5.0 out of 5 stars My childs favourite book!
My little boy loves this book, every time it is time to choose a story he picks this one so i have lost count of how many times I have read it!!! Read more
Published on Feb. 4 2009
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