This was the first book given to Dash by his Aunty Sophie 2 Christmas' ago.
Such an awesome learning story about adventure, courage, friendship, and feeling too small in life to do anything big.
While I'm not drawn to the pictures in this book (as an artist I'm drawn more toward whimsy, watercolour illustrations) I am very drawn to the lessons in this story.
Here is an excerpt of one of my favourite parts;
And she gazed at the sky: the sea, the land,
The waves and the caves and the golden sand,
She gazed and gazed, amazed by it all,
And she said to the whale "I feel so small"
But them came the day,
The whale lost his way,
These are the speedboats, running a race,
Zigging and zooming all over the place,
Upsetting the whale with their earsplitting roar,
Making him swim too close to the shore.
This is the tide, slipping away....
And this is the whale lying beached in the bay. "Quick! Off the sand! Back to sea!" cried the snail.
"I can't move on land! I'm too big!" moaned the whale.
The snail felt so helpless and terribly small. Then "I've got it" she cried, and started to crawl.
"I must not fail," said the tiny snail. .