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The Snail and the Whale Paperback – 26 April 2016

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Macmillan Children's Books; UK ed. edition (26 April 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 32 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1509812520
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1509812523
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 3 years and up
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 28.2 x 0.4 x 25 cm
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Julia Donaldson is a top selling author of children’s books with over 65 million books sold worldwide. Among her greatest successes are Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo and Stick Man (all illustrated by Axel Scheffler), What the Ladybird Heard (illustrated by Lydia Monks) and The Giant Jumperee (illustrated by Helen Oxenbury). Julia’s books have been translated into over 72 languages.

Julia lives in the UK with her husband Malcolm and divides her time between Sussex in the South and Edinburgh in Scotland. From 2011 to 2013, she was the UK Children’s Laureate. Julia writes fiction, poems, plays and songs, as well as picture books. The TV films of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom have both been nominated for Oscars.

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Audrey Haylins
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly magical - a work of genius
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Audrey Haylins
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly magical - a work of genius
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 August 2019
I am totally in awe of Julia Donaldson and her amazing talent. Just how does she do it? Time after time, she comes up with the sweetest stories and characters and then, as if that isn’t hard enough, she transforms them into fun, catchy rhymes. I can’t imagine any toddler not being totally captivated by every one of her books.

There is so much to love about The Snail and the Whale, it’s hard to know where to begin. The story, of course is magical. A tiny snail with ‘itchy feet’ hitches a ride on the tail of a ‘great big, grey-blue humpback whale’ and sets off on a fabulous adventure around the world. When disaster strikes, it’s the little snail, despite her size and feelings of inferiority, who uses her ingenuity to save the day and get them both safely home. What a lovely lesson to teach young children!

The sweeping, rhyming narrative is a work of genius: lilting, evocative and an absolute joy to read aloud. It has everything: alliteration, onomatopoeia and an exquisite collection of adjectives to spark little imaginations and boost vocabulary. As always, Donaldson’s narrative is showcased to perfection by Alex Scheffler’s stunning illustrations, which offer lots to talk about and explore. You can see a few of my favourite pages in the photos above.

The book itself is a high-quality hardback with thick board pages to withstand the envisaged heavy use. I honesty cannnot recommend highly enough this and all other Donaldson/Scheffler collaborations.

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Marc
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special story of travel and adventure around the world
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2016
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Mary Fairy 17
5.0 out of 5 stars See my review for teaching ideas using this book as a stimuli for: help, under the sea/ sealife, journeys, transport.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Illustration - Great Story - Great Message - A tad on the small side
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story
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