- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 17 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
- Audible.com Release Date: October 7, 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001HTCF42
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The Snail and the Whale Audiobook – Unabridged
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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!)
A story about a little snail who longs to see the world beyond the little rock he lives on. All the other snails on the rock try to hold him back, but despite that the snail catches a 'ride' on a whale.
During their adventure the snail realizes how huge the world is.
One day the whale ends up in trouble and the little snail proves again that being small does not stop you from achieving great things, if only you have the will and persistence to achieve them.
The snail saves the whale and they both travel back home. All the other snails seeing them happy, hop on the whale's back to see the world.
This has become one of my children's favorite books.
We've also donated one to our school library and it has become a favorite to give as a gift.
Really charming book.
This is a little snail with a desire to see the world and makes friends with a whale, and then in turn, saves the whale. It's delightful.
My favorite lines include, "And she gazed at the sky, the sea, the land, The waves and the caves and the golden sand. She gazed and gazed, amazed by it all, And she said to the whale, 'I feel so small.'" The word "small" is in a smaller font than the rest of the text and is so appropriate for the two page spread that includes the tiny snail (barely visible) amidst a scene of snowy mountains, forests, bears, bald eagles, the sea.
Perfect for teaching the concept that it doesn't matter how big or small you are, you ARE important and CAN be successful. As the snail sets off on his mission (I won't spoil it), the text reads "'I must not fail,' said the tiny snail." GREAT lesson!
Can you tell that we love this book?!?!?