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The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
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Jan 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: childrens-picture-books, nature-animals, environmental

I liked many things about this engaging story about a little snail who longs to see the world, and the kindly whale who agrees to give her a ride on its tail. At first, the story is one of awe and discovery and friendship. But, seeing so many amazing things in the big, wide world, the snail feels so very small... Then, it becomes an environmental cautionary tale as the whale is upset by speed boaters and ends up beached. The little snail has a chance to do something BIG and save her friend. And, with the help of some school children and others, she succeeds. This would be a fun read-aloud, though at times the rhyme scheme is a bit awkward. Too, you need to look closely at the pictures to really pick up on all the charming details -- like the facial expressions of the snail as she sees the world. Very cute! The storing brings a nice message showing that you don't have to be "big" to do big things, and that is an important one for "small" children to hear.

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January 11, 2012 – Shelved
January 11, 2012 – Shelved as: childrens-picture-books
January 11, 2012 – Shelved as: nature-animals
January 11, 2012 – Shelved as: environmental
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