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The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

The snail and the whale is a story of excitement, travel and friendship. One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous 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's big plan that saves the day!

You can watch the story here :


The BBC have made a beautiful  animated version here:


Here are some suggested activities:

Watch the story. Answer the following questions:

 Who are the main characters in the story?

Where did the story take place?

 What happened at the beginning of the story?

What happened in the middle?

What happened at the end?

What was your favourite part of the story and why?

What do you think might happen after this story


Even though the snail is small, he helps to save the whale. Think about your abilities. Is there anything that you thought you couldn't do, but you managed to when you tried?


Read and match up the rhyming words on the cards, see below.


The snail did some writing in the story. What did he write on the rocks and on the blackboard? Can you write it down? What message would you write and where? Write your message. 


Write a postcard from the whale see template below.


Can you write a thank you card to snail? See below.



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