For use in schools and libraries only. Having hitched a ride aboard a friendly humpback whale, an adventurous snail gets the trip of his life as he travels to distant seas, but when the snail's friend gets dangerously close to the shore, the devoted snail knows that he must do his part to lead the whale back to safety before he finds himself ...
For use in schools and libraries only. Having hitched a ride aboard a friendly humpback whale, an adventurous snail gets the trip of his life as he travels to distant seas, but when the snail's friend gets dangerously close to the shore, the devoted snail knows that he must do his part to lead the whale back to safety before he finds himself stranded on land with no way back to his watery home.
I read this to my preschool class. It was a little long for the 3 year old class, but the older kids loved it.
Apr 26, 2009
And this is the snail with an itchy foot...
This is a wonderful picture book. I have read it with nursery children and various primary school classes up to about age 8.
The book is great to read to 3 - 6 year olds and it is a wonderful book for 6 - 8 year olds to read to others. The rhyme gives the book a fantastic rhythm which allows the story to flow beautifully, captivating the imaginations of the children who listen.
Scheffler's illustrations are colourful and detailed. There is some environmental print and many different items for the children to notice. The book also shows various different natural environments which can be discussed with them.
Although the whale is huge and the little snail is tiny by comparisson, the snail saves the day. The moral being that it doesn't matter who you are, you have the power to make a difference and to perform great kindnesses to others.
I would recomend this book to anyone who has young children or works with them.
Publishers Weekly, 2004-02-23 A sea snail with an "itchy foot"? This offbeat premise sets the stage for Donaldson's and Scheffler's (The Gruffalo) satisfying picture book, relayed in a cumulative rhyme scheme that recalls "The House That Jack Built." Stuck on a rock, a tiny snail pines for adventure, until a passing gray-blue humpback whale obligingly invites her to hitch a ride on his tail. Together the oddball pair travel the "starlit sea," visiting "towering icebergs and far-off lands/ With fiery mountains and golden sands." In cleanly delineated and colorful mixed-media spreads, Scheffler depicts exotic locales full of mynah birds, monkeys and other creatures that appeal to young animal lovers. Tumbling waves and towering mountains communicate a feeling of vastness, helping readers see the world from the snail's perspective ("She gazed and gazed, amazed by it all,/ and she said to the whale, `I feel so small' "). But the snail proves herself big of heart when she helps her travel companion after he's distracted by speedboats and gets stranded on a beach. Writing "Save the Whale" in a "looping, curling, silvery trail" across the blackboard in a nearby schoolhouse, she sets a rescue mission into motion. Along with providing a resonant environmental message, the story lightly demonstrates that friendships come in all shapes and sizes. Ages 4-up. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2006-03-27 In a starred review, PW wrote, "Along with providing a resonant environmental message, this story of a sea snail with an itchy foot lightly demonstrates that friendships come in all shapes and sizes." Ages 3-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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