About this book

Title: The snail and the whale
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Macmillan
Recommended age: 4-9 years

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What is this book great for?

  • Reviewing sea animals
  • Learning about the marine environment
  • Working on togetherness and teamwork


A curious snail with an itchy foot longs to see the world. Luckily, a nice gray humpback whale is available to give him a lift on his tail. They will both live an amazing trip together, through icebergs, volcanoes and coral caves. Our friend the snail will understand the immensity of the world. Just as both friends were having fun, the whale got lost and then, beached in a bay. The tiny snail will then use his wit to get some help, and together with some children and villagers they will save the day.

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Teaching activities

THE WHALE AND THE SNAIL LABELS- A cool resource to organise and easily recognise all your belongings. Here are two different models. Just cut, write your name and stick them on your school stuff!
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ABN SNAIL – This curious snail knows a lot about mathematics. Let him help you counting to 10 with this wonderful classroom resource. Match every snail to his shell to have fun while learning a lot.
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COUNTING GAME – The whale also knows how to count and she wants to help us too. Count the snails and the whales of each card and place the peg in the correct number. Laminate this resource so you can use it over and over again.
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TIC TAC TOE- These two friends love to have fun together. Would you like to join them? Now you can play this Snail and whale version of the well-known “Tic Tac Toe” game. Cut the board and the counter and laminate it to use it as many times as you want to.
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