The Snail and The Whale is an English original, written by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. This is the Chinese translated version.
A tiny sea snail longs to see the world and hitches a ride on the tail of a whale. Their journey takes them across the globe, where they see all sorts of landscapes and creatures. Overwhelmed by the vastness and beauty of the world, the snail declares, “I feel so small!” When the artificial noise of speedboats causes the whale to lose his way and is washed up the shore. This witty little snail seeks help from local schoolchildren by writing an SOS message on their class blackboard. The children fetch the fire service, who dig out the whale and spray him with water until the tide comes in. This ultimately save the whale.
Through a simple story, there are many messages that parents can bring across. They can teach the child about friendship and helping your friend in need. Or follow your dreams, just like the sea snail did. Parents can also teach their children - no matter how small they are, they can create a positive impact and help others who are bigger than us. Also, parents can teach their child about the importance to think out of the box during emergencies.
This book is available in soft cover, in simplified chinese with no hanyu pinyin. For reading to a child, this book may suit children of 4 years and above. For self read, we would recommend this book for children above 7.