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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (806 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Donaldson Narrator: Imelda Staunton Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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One tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small 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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 zoe | 2/3/2014

    " A fun kids book with a great rhythm to the read. A regular bedtime favorite in our house. Great for boys and girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia | 1/30/2014

    " Beautifully structured story of an adventurous snail, and how his brains triumph to save the brawn of the whale. I love the fact that as is so often the case with JD's books the little hero triumphs in a big wide world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanti | 1/18/2014

    " I love reading this book to my children. Highly recommend it for the little ones. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaela | 1/17/2014

    " Great book for teaching a lesson on rhyming. As far as the story line goes, this would be a great book for teaching the importance of working together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tippy Jackson | 1/16/2014

    " I love this book so much! I guess I really relate to the snail with the itchy foot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Umbreen Asghar | 1/11/2014

    " The Snail and the Whale is a beautifully illustrated book, with tongue twisting rhyme and strong themes. The snail wants to explore the world and does so by making an unlikely alliance with a humpback whale. After exploring far away and vast lands, the snail concludes that he feels very small indeed. The snail symolizes young children who are curious about their world, and how they can feel insignificant in the world. However, the smallest creature can make a difference, as in the story the small snail helps his friend the whale and in doing so draws attention to the plight of endangered species and how each individual can make a difference to the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Iziesaz | 1/10/2014

    " Love it! My students were very mesmerized by the illustrations too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caren | 1/9/2014

    " I love the idea of this book: the little snail, living on a rock with lots of other snails, yearns to cross the ocean and have adventures, but has no means to do so. Along comes a friendly whale and the snail catches a ride on his tail. How they marvel at what the vast world offers, and how the little snail, in the end, saves the life of his much larger friend, makes a satisfying story. I could relate to the little snail, wishing to experience the wonders of this big world. When the pair of friends return to the snail's rocky home, their tales persuade all of the other snails to hitch a ride with the whale. The rhyming text lends itself to being read aloud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachelle | 1/1/2014

    " I'm partial to a protagonist with an itchy foot. My favorite Donaldson / Scheffler collaboration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/27/2013

    " Love it. Great read-aloud! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greta | 12/18/2013

    " Great fun. Wonderful story with fun rhyme. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 12/16/2013

    " Beautifully written and a joy to look at. Lovely bed time read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gemma Jones | 12/10/2013

    " Another Storytime possibility that never made it to the event. Bit to wordy for a 30 minute story session with preschoolers. A fab read though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michele | 12/9/2013

    " I just read this book to my 2 yr old daughter for bedtime. It is such a sweet book. The snail hitches a ride on the whale's tail, and they have adventures. I Love the illustrations! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 12/9/2013

    " Yet another picture book about how the smallest of us can save the day, and how we shouldn't discount the efforts of those who we may think are too small. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ddgarcia1861 | 10/4/2013

    " Wonderful children's book and I enjoyed it even more I think! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elisabeth | 9/12/2013

    " What a delightful way to begin a new year of books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa fairbrother | 7/11/2013

    " It's a lot like Amos & Boris but not as dark and with rhymes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 6/30/2013

    " We gave this book to our whale loving 2 year old for Easter. It is a pleasure to read--especially considering he normally picks and sleeps with non-fiction books about sea life. I like the rhyme when I am sometimes lulling myself to sleep as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Elkin | 12/24/2012

    " I can't read this book without getting the shivers and feeling like I can conquer the world. Read it to your children! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 11/29/2012

    " This author/illustrator team is pure magic. The verse in this one isn't quite as fun as Gruffalo, IMHO, but the story is very cute and I think my son enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sophie Harman | 10/23/2012

    " This is again another classic Rhyming story book by Julia Donaldson. I first read this book with a family friends child. We were both drawn in by the fantastic illustrations and exciting story line. I will definitely be reading this book to my reception class :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca Holcomb | 9/2/2012

    " This is such a cute book! I would use this book to teach students about acceptence. I would also emphasize how you are never too big ortoo small to be a hero and help someone out. This story is such a good example of what that means and looks like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice | 7/30/2012

    " Love the message of this book - no matter how small you are, you can make a difference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joelle | 5/4/2012

    " I think this is our favorite Julia Donaldson book now. It is a beautifully written story about a the friendship between a small snail and humpback whale. They go on quite and adventure together! A wonderful story about the power of one person to make a difference. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/1/2012

    " This is mom's favorite book to read to her son. Right now at least. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Candycloud | 11/4/2011

    " Love it. So sweet! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cole Finnian | 10/29/2011

    " We like this book that we got in Ireland. Cole likes the lightening and the snails, especially. Hesees a cow in the water.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo | 4/25/2011

    " Beautifully written and a joy to look at. Lovely bed time read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becca | 4/10/2011

    " This is such a cute book! I would use this book to teach students about acceptence. I would also emphasize how you are never too big ortoo small to be a hero and help someone out. This story is such a good example of what that means and looks like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl/Aradanryl | 1/12/2011

    " A cute story with wonderful illustrations. Fun to read aloud.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandyboy | 12/10/2010

    " as kids books go this is a great one to read over and over. fun rhymes and nice art "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 9/1/2010

    " This author/illustrator team is pure magic. The verse in this one isn't quite as fun as Gruffalo, IMHO, but the story is very cute and I think my son enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/6/2010

    " Yet another picture book about how the smallest of us can save the day, and how we shouldn't discount the efforts of those who we may think are too small. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 5/28/2010

    " This is mom's favorite book to read to her son. Right now at least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cole | 3/3/2010

    " We like this book that we got in Ireland. Cole likes the lightening and the snails, especially. Hesees a cow in the water.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 zoe | 1/25/2010

    " A fun kids book with a great rhythm to the read. A regular bedtime favorite in our house. Great for boys and girls. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anshuman | 11/1/2009

    " I liked the illustrations and the story. If you help someone you make friends. It doesn't matter how small you are. You can still help. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicki | 10/29/2009

    " This sing song story teaches young readers that even an unlikely pair can become the best of friends. The snail and the whale explore the coeans together. The snail feels too small to help the world but proves size does not matter when the whale needs rescueing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/29/2009

    " Nice rhyming book about a snail who longs to travel and a small environmental message included. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 8/12/2009

    " Fun, and worth checking out from the library, but not my favorite book from the fabulous duo. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 8/7/2009

    " I can't read this book without getting the shivers and feeling like I can conquer the world. Read it to your children! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aspasia | 8/5/2009

    " A snail longing for adventure hitches a ride on a whale's tail. "

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About the Author
Author Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson was brought up in London and studied Drama and French at Bristol University. Along with being a brilliant children’s author, Julia enjoys singing, songwriting, and performing. Julia is currently the Children’s Laureate and best known as the author of the modern classic The Gruffalo. The Gruffalo has sold more than four million copies and been translated into more than thirty different languages. She lives in Glasgow.