The Snail and the Whale

by Julia Donaldson

illustrated by Axel Scheffler

In The Snail and the Whale, join the snail as she travels the world with her friend the great big grey-blue humpback whale and discovers her own strength despite her tiny size!

What do Michael Bublé, chocolate chip cookies, and The Snail and the Whale have in common? Through a family connection, we received tickets to Michael Bublé's concert in Cincinnati last night. With a friend, we left in plenty of time for the 90 minute drive, yet 4 hours later we were sitting in front of a gas station no more than 30 miles from our house. As disappointing as it was to miss the concert due to an unbelievable gridlock of traffic followed by an overheated car and a tow-truck that seemed like it would never show up, we found ourselves laughing over a box of homemade chocolate chip cookies as we sat on the curb and watched the traffic go by (We often say we would like to live in Mayberry and watch the traffic, but that was not exactly what we had in mind!). 

That being said, just like the tiny snail, there is power in the small things in life. Yes we missed our big evening with Michael Bublé, but the laughs and "adventure" with a friend we don't see often enough made for an evening we will not soon forget!

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The Very Busy Spider

by Eric Carle


The Very Busy Spider is a wonderful tale that describes a very busy day in the life of an industrious spider. The story starts early one morning with the rising sun as the spider begins to spin her web. As the day and the web progress, the spider is visited by many barnyard friends who unsuccessfully try to distract her from her important task. Rhythmic wording, repetitive phrases and beautiful collage illustrations make this an enriching October pick.

About the Author

Eric Carle is the author and/or illustrator of some of our favorite books, including The Very Hungry Caterpillar ; The Tiny Seed ; and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?.

When you visit the Eric Carle Official Website, you can learn about the author/artistsee a list of his books (over 40!)see a slideshow how Eric Carle paints his tissue papers with step-by-step photos, and see a slideshow of how he takes the painted tissue paper and makes the images. You can even visit his blog!

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in located in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Featured there are the originals of pictures from favorite children's books, including some those of Carle himself. 

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