The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

By (author) Julia Donaldson , Illustrated by Axel Scheffler


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When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It's a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?

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  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 249 x 274 x 5mm | 159g
  • 04 Jun 2006
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • New York, NY
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142405809
  • 9780142405802
  • 15

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Author Information

Julia Donaldson lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Review quote

"Along with providing a resonant environmental message, the story lightly demonstrates that friendships come in all shapes and sizes. Publishers Weekly, starred review"

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Customer reviews


It's a lovely, rhymed story that both we as parents and the kids love ;) Beautiful illustrations, captivating flow of rhymes. We certainly more
by Pavel Ondrejovic

A Toddler Favourite!

This is a fantastic book! My 3 year old boy absolutely loves it, as do I! It has wonderful rhymes and beautiful pictures, which both enhance an already charming more
by Alison Kappler

This is a US edition :-(

This is a beautiful story much loved by my son. I bought a copy as a present for a friend and was disappointed to discover when it arrived that it is a US edition, even though this is not marked on the description. Look out for US spelling "gray" rather than "grey" and the snail "hitching a ride" rather than "hitching a lift".show more
by Sarah Wilcox