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A bold little snail longs to see the world, so he hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, corals and caves. The little snail feels tiny in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it’s the tiny snail who saves the day… An irresistible rhyming story full of captivating landscapes, which delivers a powerful environmental message.

“Bold and brilliant.” The Times

“A joy to read aloud.” The Guardian

Product Details






Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

September 3rd, 2004

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 4.0; Lower years; 0.5 points

Other details

  • 32 pages




Julia Donaldson

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Axel Scheffler

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  1. dixon taitai
    on 23 October 2010

    The Snail and the Whale

    My sons and I love this book. The illustrations are second to none, the rhymes are great and so is the storyline. Please keep writing.

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What kids think

  1. Cheerforevers
    on 9 March 2014

    This is about a whale who gets stranded on the beach and the little snail is the one who saves the day.

  2. harper01
    on 7 March 2014

    this is a nice book with a good story, I like that its not a cute animal that its a snail its something different and it works well

    5out of 5
  3. ninjastickman
    on 6 March 2013

    This is an unforgetable story of a snail who saved a whale! I recommend this book for young readers aged 2-6

    5out of 5
  4. lmdrld
    on 4 March 2013

    This book is about a little snake who saves the big whale.

  5. Lolo95
    on 3 March 2011

    This book is good but not as good as the squash and a sqeeze and a Grufalo books. I prefer to read them but this is ok.

  6. pudding97
    on 17 January 2011

    a rhyming funny book which me and my mother really love with all the colurfull back grouds and the cute little snail it makes a excellent storie.

  7. kisha5
    on 18 November 2010

    i think that it is a good book

    4out of 5
  8. ab52725
    on 3 October 2010

    A little bit boring but it is okay

    3out of 5
  9. emily6
    on 21 May 2010

    Mrs. day read this okay book to us

    3out of 5

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