Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Snail and the Whale

My kids are thoroughly enjoying Julia Donaldson right now. Our newest book is The Snail and the Whale.

I picked up this book in a charity shop a few weeks ago knowing that we like the Donaldson-Sheffler team. It seemed a little old for my kids to understand, but they could grow into it.

I put it on the shelf without any announcement. My son found it this week and we have been reading it regularly ever since.

This is a sweet story of a little snail who takes a tour of the world with a whale. It is beautiful, but it makes the snail feel so small and insignificant. Then trouble happens and it is up to the snail to save the day. Can a little snail really make a difference?

In true Donaldson fashion, this story is told in sing-song rhyme with beautiful illustrations by Axel Scheffler (who also illustrated The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson).

This week, Vanessa at Silly Eagle Books is hosting Feed Me Books Friday. (normally hosted by The Adventure of Motherhood).


  1. I checked this book out from the library a long time ago, and we loved it too! Thanks for the reminder. The first book we read by Julia Donaldson was "The Gruffalo," and we checked it out over and over again because my daughter loved it so much.

  2. Thanks, Ginny. If you like Julia Donaldson, you should also look at Sharing a Shell. That is my son's all-time favorite Donaldson book, and I love the lessons it teaches.

  3. Sounds like a book with a good message. Doesn't matter how small you are!

  4. What a neat book... I'll have to see if our library has any books by this team of author/illustrator! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I never heard of this book. Sounds cute. Thanks for checking out my Milk N' Honey blog.

  6. The book sounds wonderful! Here's to hoping our public library has it. :)

  7. We love this book! Checked it out from the library one week and it became an instant favorite. Thanks for linking up!

  8. You are very good at recapping a book- ever thought about that as a career??? ;)


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