Review – “The Snail and The Whale” by Julia Donaldson

The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson is the newest addition to the little collection of books that T has and it has taken her world for a world tour already. She has become extremely fond of this book and keeps asking for it each time we sit down to read. Needless to say, we are going to read it many more times and dog-err its pages before she focuses her attention on some other book as well.

The itchy-footed snail wants to sail the world but she is so very small. The big whale offers to give her a lift. How does their world tour go and what adventures do they come back with?


  • The comradery between the snail and the whale.
  • The fact that being small or big has nothing to do with kindness and bravery.
  • The freedom of dreaming and achieving it.
  • And, there is no place as astonishing and as wonderful as that made by nature.

WHAT WE DISLIKED incidentally, nothing at all. I hadn’t hoped this book to be so beautiful.

Recommended only when your child has begun sitting through short stories at least, this one is a little longer. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books (Pan Macmillan) Recommended age 2.5+ years.


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