The Snail and the Whale Board book – Sep 20 2006
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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
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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 the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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J.H. Sweet, author of The Fairy Chronicles
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
Most recent customer reviews
Beautiful illustrations and a sweet story (though quite long). Themes of travel, being true to yourself, friendship, and a bit of environmentalism thrown in!Published 1 month ago by Veggieburgs
Ordered this as a Christmas present and I couldn't resist reading it when it arrived. Great book! I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!Published 8 months ago by Collette