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The Snail and the Whale

What you need

A cosy space, and some materials for drawing.


In the story ‘The Snail and the Whale’, there is a lot of rhyming. Rhyming helps children learn about words, sounds and helps with language formation. Hearing and using rhyme, rhythm and repetition while reading helps children develop early literacy skills.

The experience

Sit in a cosy area and listen to the wonderful story of ‘The Snail and the Whale!’, which tells the story of a tiny snail who hitches a lift around the world on the tail of “a great big, grey-blue humpback whale”. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins. 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’s big plan that saves the day.

How many creatures can you see on each page? How many creatures are shown in the whole book?

Can you draw your own seaside picture? Can you draw a picture of what lives under the sea?