The Snail and The Whale is another gem of a picture book of a little snail and her friend a giant whale, written by a British author and playwright Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, published in 2003 by Macmillan. It has won several awards including Blue Peter Book Award and the 2007 Giverny Award for Best Science Picture Book!
The little snail longs to see the world and her kind friend, a giant whale agrees to help her. Together they set off on an adventurous journey through icy icebergs and fiery volcanoes, scary sharks and cute penguins. The snail feels that the world is too large and she is too small but one day a disaster strikes and it’s the tiny snail’s plan that saves the day!
Julia Donaldson has written some of the world’s best-loved children’s books, including modern classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, which together have sold over 25 million copies worldwide and have been translated into over 100 languages.
This delightful adventurous story is about exploring the themes of friendship and how good friendships don’t have anything to do with having similarities between two people, how the differences can aid each other. Children will also learn about fascinating sea creatures and their habitats. The story has been adapted to several media such as stage plays, audiobooks, and animated films.
The Snail and The Whale paper book edition features stunning visuals and large, adorable illustrations with simplified sentence structures and vocabulary which makes it an ideal storybook for young children to kindle their interest in reading. The rhyming and poetic sentences create a flow in the story that will keep the little ones going over them countless times and most importantly, this family favourite picture book will teach a very important life lesson about selfless friendship in a fun way they will remember!
Check out other popular Julia Donaldson storybooks with beautifully redesigned covers like “The Gruffalo”, “The Gruffalo’s Child”, “Sharing A Shell”, “The Smartest Giant in Town”, “Monkey Puzzle”, etc. for more fun and awesomeness!