Susanna Leonard Hill features Perfect Picture Book Friday on her blog. This is a wonderful resource if you are wondering what books to give as gifts, needing material for a lesson, and mainly just perfect for those who love to read picture books. Here is a list of books by category. This is very handy for finding books for lessons in the classroom, or for finding books on a particular topic to discuss with your children at home. Each book listed has a link to a review and information about that book. There is also an alphabetical list.
Yes, I’m doing two Julia Donaldson books in a row. This one just had to be on the list.
Written by: Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by: Alex Scheffler
Penguin Group 2006
Themes: Friendship, animals, ocean, helping one another
Synopsis: 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?
Opening Lines: This is the tale of a tiny snail
And a great big, gray-blue humpback whale.
This is a rock as black as soot,
And this is a snail with an itcy foot.
The sea snail slithered all over the rock
And gazed at the sea and the ships in the dock.
And as she gazed, she sniffed and sighed.
“The sea is deep and the world is wide!
How I long to sail!”
Said the tiny snail.
Why I Like This Book: The Snail and the Whale is a tale of an unlikely friendship. This book is cleverly written. I absolutely love that the snail leaves important silvery trail messages as he crawls. The messages are key to the story and are just the cutest thing ever! The rhyming text flows smoothly as a story unfolds and proves even the smallest of creatures can help a friend.The fact that it is written in flawless rhyme is always a bonus for me. The illustrations by Alex Scheffler are rich and vibrant. He catches the expressions of the characters perfectly. Warning: If you read this book, you will have to buy it for your personal library!!!