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The Legend of the Golden Snail Hardcover – October 1, 2010

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From School Library Journal

K-Gr 4–Wilbur's favorite story is about a snail that takes the shape of a golden galleon when it sails through the Magical Realm. Captured by the Grand Enchanter, the Golden Snail must obey his commands for 100 years, after which it is banished to the Ends of the Earth until a new master can claim it by reciting the magical spell. Wilbur decides to find the Golden Snail, and, packing an odd assortment of things, he and his faithful cat set off in a small sailboat. The story follows the pattern of many traditional folktales. As Wilbur travels, he comes upon creatures in need of help. Though he feels he is being distracted from his mission, his kind heart prevails, and each of those odd items proves to be just what's needed. His watering can helps quench the thirst of the wilting blossoming butterfly bush, etc. In turn, each rescued creature comes to Wilbur's aid when he is in trouble. With his mission finally accomplished, Wilbur decides it is better to be a Gallant Captain than a Grand Enchanter. While the story is nothing new, the telling is fresh, with many original and inventive touches, and Base's writing is well-paced and lively. The real standout is the artwork: well-composed, large paintings that are rich in detail but never look cluttered. As is usual with Base, there is a game to be played, this time finding a golden snail and crossbones in each picture. This beautiful book is sure to be a hit with the author's fans and cultivate new ones.Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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With only his cat for company, an intrepid lad sets off in a small boat in search of a legendary magical “snailing” ship. As usual, Base’s big, elaborate illustrations teem with lively details, many of which have a surreal cast: young Wilbur pauses along the way to water a thirsty bush of blossoming butterflies, cut away a net that has entangled a giant crab, and scuttle a bottle boat sailed by earwig pirates intent on robbing “lantern fish” of their dangling lightbulbs. These good deeds are rewarded when the lad himself needs rescue from the Maze of Madness and other hazards and lead to a final act of compassion as he finds the immense mollusk and after commanding a soaring voyage through an aerial ocean, releases it from its bespelled chains. Base adds a folded booklet on the title page, a hidden “snail and crossbones” image in every scene, and an associated Web site, but it is Wilbur’s exciting adventures and his instinctive empathy for those less fortunate that will leave the most enduring impressions. Grades 2-4. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810989654
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810989658
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 0.5 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,126 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I bought this book for my 3 year old grandson, who loves it but understands it on a partial level. The 7 year old, however, gets the "imagination" theme and is still hunting for a couple of the hidden snails. I recommend THE LEGEND OF THE GOLDEN SNAIL.
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I have been a long time fan of Graeme Base's books, and this one, the Legend of the Golden Snail, is another Beautiful book with a lovely (short) story full of hidden images, and imagination. My two boys (ages 5 and 2) both love it. THere arent too many words on each page, which helps keep their interest, and the artwork is wonderful. I cant wait for another book from this wonderfully talented artist/author.
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By Mary Kate on September 14, 2010
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I picked this up today to add to the growing library of children's books I have on hand for my grandchildren and - wow! - what a wonderful addition it's going to be!

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.
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If children can be critics, my three year old grandson needs to have this book read to him EVERY night. My son and his wife have tried to hide it for a few nights, but my grandson puts up such a fuss and "search and rescue" that the book has resumed being read nightly. :-)
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We just gave this to my almost 6 year old grandson. I have never seen him so enthusiastic about a book. He couldn't stop saying how much he loves it and "this is my favorite book". He also loved looking for the snailshell and crossbones in each illustration - he found them all. Then he was excited to go to the website to get the golden snailshells. This book was our introduction to Graeme Base. We'll be getting more of his books. The illustrations are magnificent.
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My kids play "snailing ship" in the backyard. They are entranced by the illustrations and storyline. Beautiful illustrations that keep you looking for a long time, with hidden details everywhere.
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This relatively short story packs quite a punch. You'll find that the main character uses his imagination (inspired by various living room items) to weave a fantastical story that is about doing the right thing even if it doesn't align with your objectives/life plan. While the author tells the story through text, the most interesting and meaningful conclusions are drawn by the reader spending time looking at the details on each illustration. I'm glad my two young sons asked me to read this to them over and over again, as I discovered much more when I took the time to really think about the images and storyline.
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All my children have loved Graeme Bae books their whole lives. You can reread them as you get older and appreciate things that passed you by at a younger age. Now I am buying all the books again for my grandchildren.
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