The Snail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale

“The sea snail slithered all over the rock

“and gazed at the sea

“and the ships in the dock

Port Alfred Harbour

“And as she gazed she sniffed and sighed

“The sea is deep

”  and the world is wide!

How I long to sail!” said the tiny snail “

“This is the trail  
Of the tiny snail

A silvery trail that looped and curled
and said ……  ‘Lift wanted around the world’  ”


“This is the whale who came one night
When the tide was high and the stars were bright

(Southern Right Whale – Hermanus …. only photo I’ve got of a whale on this trip) 

“A humpback whale, immensely long,
Who sang to the snail a wonderful song
Of shimmering ice and coral caves
And shooting stars and enormous waves. 

“And this is the tail
Of the humpback whale.
He held it out of the starlit sea
And said to the snail “Come and sail with me”  ~~~~

“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’    ~~~~

Extracts from “The Snail and the Whale” by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

I love this book … it’s a pleasure to read aloud ….  it’s a favourite with Bradley and Connor 

All photos (except whale!) were taken at Port Alfred on the magnificent +/- 70km long and unspoilt East Beach, and the harbour


8 Replies to “The Snail and the Whale”

  1. Oh my! What a stunning post Avril! And your photographs are fabulous! Well done! Thank you for the lemon meringue tips – definitely going to try that! My family’s growing with our rugby player – I think he’ll like your version! 🙂 Sending you a big hug tonight!

  2. Your post is littered with stunning photos all the way from the very interesting Plough Snail to the magnificent beaches. I haven’t had the opportunity to explore the town’s beaches like this although I have been there and through there so many times.

  3. just randomly found this post – we LOVE “the snail and the whale” and saw the prodution by tall stories yesterday!
    your photos and julia donaldson’s story marry well – thank you for sharing – and thank you mr google for finding this post and making me smile

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