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But No Elephants (Once Upon a Time) Paperback – August 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Series: Once Upon a Time
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: CQ Products (August 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563832747
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563832741
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jerry Smath has written over 40 children s books and illustrated well over a hundred books by other authors. Several of his books have won Children's Choice, Kids First, and Parent's Choice Awards; one of which has become a children's classic and was shown on BBC TV. The Horn Book calls Jerry's illustrations, "lively and amusing, bringing every page hilariously to life." Booklist says, "kids will fancy the silly pratfalls captured in his rhyming text and sunny watercolors." While School Library Journal calls his artwork "exuberant".

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Great, bright pictures and very cute story!
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This book was one of my favorites as a child and now my kids love it.
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This was my daughter's all time favorite book.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Maxwell on October 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe the publishers let this book go out of print! We discovered this book at a yard sale when our oldest daughter was three, and it immediately became one of her (and my) favorite books. Other reviewers have explained some of the book's charm; what I want to add is that it beautifully shows the value of kindness and the unexpected ways that different individuals can help one another, without being heavy-handed or preachy. In addition, Jerry Smath's illustrations are priceless--richly, subtly humorous, nicely complementing the simple, easy-to-read text.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sara Martin on December 16, 2001
Format: Library Binding
Grandma Tildy is a sweet lady who loves everyone and everything except elephants. Well one day a salesman came along and tried to sell he some animals, she bought them all except the elephant. This story is about the elephant that Grandma Tildy didn't buy. It ended up that the salesman left the elephant at her house over the winter until she went soft and brought him in. The elephant got hungry one night and ate all of Grandma Tildy's food. Grandma Tildy got very angry but in the end the elephant takes Grandma Tidly and all her pets to a warm and sunny place. And now Grandma Tildy loves her pet elephant.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amber Meadows on October 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have to agree with all of the other reviews I've read - this is a fantastic book. I loved it when I was a kid and just recently found it at a garage sale. My 19 month old boy loves it and will listen to it over and over again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book is awesome. I got our copy at a used book store for $.25 and wish it was not out of print. It's simple enough for a 2-year-old to understand, yet silly enough for a roomful of 6-year-olds to enjoy. Any child or group of children that you read this aloud to will enjoy chanting (or shouting!), "But no elephants!" along with Grandma Tildy, over and over.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sam smith on May 30, 2004
Format: Hardcover
When I was a kid, I remember loving several books. The Curious George books and 'But No Elephants!' My favorite was Elephants. I still have this book and just ran across it in a box. I am 24 now and still look back fondly at this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bepapa@dreamscape.com on December 18, 1997
Format: Library Binding
This book is a "grandchildren" favorite. It is the story of Grandma Tildy and the joy she experienced through her sharing and caring. A happily ever after story. Great lessons for the reader/listener.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jann Coil on October 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I love this book. When I was little I used to ask my parents to read it to me all the time. I am thirteen and I still love reading this book.I would recommend this book to children.It has many neat pictures and that makes the book alot more interesting to children.I bet that many people have heard of this book. Many people may have already read it.This book reminds me of another book that I have read.The book is called "Walk Two Moons." "Walk Two Moons" and "But No Elephants" have almost the same baseline. The baseline is that don't say you don't like something when you don't even know what it's like. The summary of "But No Elephants"is that a grandma finally agrees to take an unwanted elephant into her home but soon regrets her decision. At the end of the story, she realizes that elephants are not very bad and learns to love them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grandma Tildy Fan on July 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
But No Elephants (Once Upon a Time)

I had to read this story EVERY NIGHT until the book fell apart, and I LOVED every minute of it! This is a beautiful story of how one's heart can soften over time - and is now a classic family favorite. Shame on whoever decided to let this go out of print. I just bought three more, while I can still get them. 1 for each of my children to read to their kids (and they're not even born yet!) and one to donate to my local elementary school. Hopefully, that way hundreds of kids will get the same enjoyment as we have over the years. Long live Grandma Tildy!! :-)
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