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The Snail and the Whale is one of the best — if not THE best — children’s books we’ve ever read. (And we’ve read many hundreds by now. ) This one excels in every aspect:1. What a jewel of a story — about an unlikely friendship, globe-trotting adventure, creative problem-solving and resourcefulness, thinking beyond the confines of one’s limitations (perceived or otherwise). ..2. The book is beautifully written. The rhymes and prose flow seamlessly. It’s lovely to both read and listen to. 3. The artwork is excellent, too. The pictures are vivid, colorful, and engaging. We’ve read the book dozens of times by now, and we’ll still often notice some new little detail. This was our first Julia Donaldson book but remains my favorite. The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom have also been hits, and they’re also very good. The story and prose quality of The Snail and the Whale are better, in my opinion. But we will try other books by this author. (Thank you for this amazing contribution to children’s lit, Julia Donaldson!) Check it out!
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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Snail and the Whale Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged by Julia Donaldson (Author) Review
Rarely does a book for little ones hit top marks on the three things that matter most, but this one does – 1) vibrant, clear, colorful and engaging drawings, 2) rhymes that really connect, with strong measures, sophisticated structure, and emphasis and flow that works whether read silently or out loud, 3) a heart warming story with multiple positive messages, (self reliance, friendship, resourcefulness, nerve, imagination, and a general sense of generous good heartedness). Perfect for bedtime, the story starts calmly, leads our snail and whale friends through interesting and exciting adventures, then turns into a rescue drama, moves on to a happy ending, and then winds down with a calm upbeat conclusion. I can feel the grandchild drifting off with a happy smile as the story concludes. Plenty to look at, lots to think about – just a solid, satisfying, engaging and rewarding read for both your youngster and, possibly, you. A very nice choice. -Read Reviews-
I got a but tongue tied the first couple times I read this book I’m not going to lie! Just like all of this authors stories, it’s written like a poem, to a very nice rythem. The structure of the story was great in the sense that it made my brain work a little to read it (how many toddler books do that!?!) And my 2. 5 year old ADORES the story. She actually can now quote a lot of it (and all of The Gruffalo’s Child (another of our alltime favorites, by this author). I’ve probably read this book 50 times to her since purchase a few weeks ago and forsee many, many, more times for years to come. It will go in our permanent collection.
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