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Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me Hardcover – August 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 8 years
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Gingham Dog Press; First Edition edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1577684125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577684121
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 2-A girl whose name is Eleanor is called everything from Punch to Elbow Macaroni by the various members of her family, and she imagines, in turn, elaborate scenarios of the different future roles she would play if she assumed each name and persona. Finally, the nicknaming hits an all-time low ("We'll call you E. It's just so wee"), and the heroine takes charge of the situation, announcing what she would like to be called. It's a welcome resolution that reflects assertiveness any child would admire. The everyday sort of dilemma is one that listeners with or without nicknames will appreciate, and there's enough fun and bounce to make up for the rather message-y emphasis on identity. The utilitarian cartoon-style illustrations are reminiscent of those in beginning-reader series, using run-of-the-mill layouts that incorporate single pages and double-page spreads. The unexceptional execution won't stop kids from liking the red-haired protagonist or the concept; purchase this for kid appeal, not for quality.
Faith Brautigam, Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

C.M. Rubin was born in South America and, as a child, lived in many different cities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States. She began writing stories when she was very young. Since the successful publication of Eleanor, Elletony, Ellencake, and Me and its sequel, Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me!, Ms. Rubin has been busy creating new books for children of all ages. C.M. Rubin lives with her husband, two children, and their dog in New York City.

More About the Author

C. M. Rubin (aka Cathy Rubin www.cmrubin.com ) is a child and family health advocate an author of children's books, non-fiction books and a producer of factual films. Her books include: Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me, and Ellie: The Perfect Dress For Me. Both books won numerous children's book awards, including: I Parenting Media Award, Family Fun Best Picture Book, Borders Original Voice Nominee, Book of the Week - Home News Tribune, Arizona Young Reader Nominee 2005, Pick of the Month - Bookviews, Children's Choice Award, Teacher's Choice Award, Bronze Gold Ink Award. C.M. Rubin's most recent book, The Real Alice in Wonderland -- A Role Model for the Ages, was co-authored with her daughter, Gabriella Rose Rubin. It is a comprehensive biography about the life of her relative Alice Pleasance Liddell, who was the inspiration for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures In Wonderland (1865), and the sequel, Through the Looking Glass (1871). C. M. Rubin now lives in New York City and Fairfield CT. She was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and was educated in various parts of the world, including Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. C.M. Rubin and her works have appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines around the world including the New York Times, Parent Magazine, Vogue Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, US Magazine, the Hollywood Reporter and Family Magazine. In addition she has been a featured guest on national radio and television shows both in the US and the UK. She is also a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post - visit her blog at www.cmrubinworld.tumblr.com or her website at www.cmrubin.com


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Luckily, so do I ... as she wants to read it over and over.
Mackie
The illustrations are just gorgeous and seem to leap out as if Ellie is attempting to keep the readers focused and remind them how important her feelings are.
Molly Baker
This is the best book purchase I have made all year, and I recommend it to everyone with 5 Huge Stars!
Gabby

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By George Heddleston on October 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
If you have an endearing nickname or nicknames for your children, then Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me is an expertly written and beautifully illustrated picture book for you to share with your children (preschool to age 8).
C.M. Rubin's outstanding new book is written in verse and tells the story of Eleanor, a child whose family loves her so much that they can't stop coming up with nicknames for her. Confused by such endearment, Eleanor decides she wants her own identity, and does not want to be known by the nicknames her parents and grandparents dream up for her.
This book is about child wonderment and how a mini-crisis over childhood identity can arise in any youngster. The story is not to be missed and makes a perfect gift for the holidays.
We have four children at our house, and they all are addressed more often by their nicknames than the first name on their birth certificates. I think that is true in most families. I also think this wonderful book will be one you will love and so will your young children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Molly Baker on November 20, 2003
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This book reminds me of when I was a child and I'm sure other readers would have similar feelings. The author does a great job of showing a child's perspective when called different names even though "we adults" think it's cute. The names given aren't just words, though, they come with expectations that the adults in Eleanor's life have for her. The author uses humorous rhyme, which perhaps is "Ellie's" way of dealing with this issue until she resolves it in the end by "waking" up these adults and letting them know she is ONE person with ONE name--the name she herself has chosen. The illustrations are just gorgeous and seem to leap out as if Ellie is attempting to keep the readers focused and remind them how important her feelings are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gabby on September 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I saw this book and thought my daughter (age 7) and son (age 5) might like it, so I bought it on impulse. I have had to read it to them every night for the past week, and found my daughter reading it to herself this morning. The story is totally captivating, about parents and relatives that give all kinds of nicknames to a child, which she then turns into hilarious dreams about herself in an attempt to figure out who she really wants to be. The great story, enchanting musical rhyme of the words, and extremely funny illustrations fascinate my children. They have to hear the story over and over again. This is the best book purchase I have made all year, and I recommend it to everyone with 5 Huge Stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mackie on September 18, 2003
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My three-year-old daughter, McKenna, loves "Eleanor!" Luckily, so do I ... as she wants to read it over and over. The illustration is darling, the rhyme and verse lyrical and the imaginative "dream sequences" fun. I leave the last word off of each sentence as I read and "Mackie" (that's her nickname) shouts it out. She can't pronounce "Eleanor," so she says, "I want `Elner!'"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 23, 2003
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I bought this book as a gift for my neighbor's 6 year old daughter. She loves it and all of the kids in the neighborhood love it too! The kids really get into the nicknames and tell everyone the many names that they have too! A wonder ful book for children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meredith on October 21, 2005
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I bought this book two years ago. I've bought many children's books in between. Few children's books become classics. This one absolutely will! Totally recommended for kids aged 4 - 10 and don't miss the sequel; Ellie, The Perfect Dress for Me!
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