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The Legend of the Golden Snail Hardcover – October 1, 2010
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The Legend of the Golden Snail is the story of Wilbur, a likeable and kind-hearted young boy whose favorite story tells of a fantastical golden snail that took the form of a "Snailing Ship" and sailed through magical realms. Captured and put under a spell by The Grand Enchanter, the Golden Snail was banished to the Ends of the Earth when the Enchanter grew tired of sailing. And there she will remain, unless a new Grand Enchanter - or a Gallant Captain - can find her and speak the magic verse that will break the banishment spell and allow him to sail her again.
After hearing the story many times, Wilbur decides to become the next Grand Enchanter and seek out the Golden Snail. I loved the moment when he tells his mother that he is "off to roam the oceans. Back in a hundred years." Her response? "I've made you a Captain's hat." Encouragement and support of imaginary play (or, if you perfer, of seeking one's dreams) in six words. Perfect. It is also telling that the hat she made is that of a Captain rather than an Enchanter. With that choice she has helped give him direction for his life as well. Even more perfect.
The ensuing journey is exciting, fun and satisfying. Wilbur's kindnesses - his gallantries - are many and do not go unrewarded. In the end he learns that he may not make the best Grand Enchanter, but as a Gallant Captain, he is a success.
The book's artwork is absolutely gorgeous and perfectly captures the changing moods in the story, reflecting the promise of beginnings, the excitement of the journey, the quiet moments and the heartwarming climax.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautiful book; I recommend ALL Graeme Base books for every family library!Published 3 months ago by Kathryn D. Van Der Linden
All Graeme Base's books are great!!! and the art work is superb!!Published 7 months ago by Joan Stone
This is such a beautiful and fun book. I love reading it to my 5 year old daughter. She loves looking for the hidden snail shell on each page.
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Great story with excellent graphics.
Grand Kids loved reading along.
This author is fabulous and the illustrations are beautiful. I will continue to buy this series for kids everytime i canPublished 20 months ago by Jacquelyn L Phillips
Love this book! Such a fun read and my son continually reads this one. It never gets old.Published 21 months ago by Joe and Kate
Lovely book! Favorite of my (now) 5yo since he was 3. There's always something new to discover in the illustrations and it's a kind message about making choices that reflect the... Read morePublished on July 16, 2014 by Jennifer