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The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
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The Snail and the Whale (2003)

by Julia Donaldson

Other authors: Axel Scheffler (Illustrator)

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In my opinion this is a great story filled with exciting adventure, friendship, and acts of kindness. I enjoyed the illustrations in this story because they enhanced the plot as the snail and the whale traveled together. The illustrations show readers some of the different climates the two friends travel to. For example, they travel to places where there are volcanos, all the way to where ice bergs are found. The illustrations show clear differences in the places the snail and the whale travel to, allowing for readers to follow along to the story with ease. The graphics are also extremely eye catching; readers will be entirely engaged. The writing in this story is so engaging and the pace of the rhyming can be adjusted from reader to reader. The overall message in this story is to follow your heart, never give up, remain open to friendships, and explore life: which is exactly what the snail and the whale accomplish! ( )
  sott3 | Mar 26, 2015 |
I liked this book because of the illustrations and the underlying ideas of environmental consciousness. The illustrations in the book are beautiful and enhance the words of the story. The snail and the whale travel to many places and the illustrations vividly show the scenery of the areas they visit. The underlying main idea of the story is about the impact that humans unconsciously have on the animals and environment around them. ( )
  estree1 | Mar 19, 2015 |
I liked this book for a number of reasons. The first reason I like the book is because of the language. I liked the language because it rhymed and it flowed very well. For example one of the lines is, "This is a rock as black as soot, and this is a snail with an itchy foot." I find rhyming very interesting and fun to read. The second reason I like the book is because of the illustrations. There are many interesting pictures throughout the book. The pictures in this book are very colorful and show many different aspects of what is at the ocean. When there was the word small in the book they wrote it very small, and when there was the word big it was written very big. This made the pages much more interesting as well. The main idea of this book is to show the journey of a whale and a snail on his tail. I think it is a book mainly used for entertainment. ( )
  vboch1 | Mar 12, 2015 |
This is a story about a relationship between a snail and a whale and their travels and adventures together. There is a lot of rhyming and literary elements that take place in this book. This book also allows students to see that although you may look differently you could become best friends for life.
  rdg301library | May 27, 2014 |
A lovely story about friendship and how and small creature can help a large, powerful animal. I didn't feel that the illustrations were as enchanting as other Donaldson books, but this is a minor whinge. ( )
  martensgirl | Dec 28, 2013 |
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For Malcolm -- J.D.
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This is the tail of a tiny snail

And a great big, gray-blue humpback whale.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142405809, Paperback)

When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It's a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?

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Wanting to sail beyond its rock, a tiny snail hitches a ride on a big humpback whale and then is able to help the whale when it gets stuck in the sand.

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