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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Series: Ella
  • Hardcover: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books; New title edition (September 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439627923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439627924
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2–A young elephant is new to town and anxious about starting school. On her first day, she wears her grandmother's fancy "good luck hat," causing a bully named Belinda and her friends to dub her "Ella the Ella-gant." When Belinda slips on the safety wall that surrounds the schoolyard and protects the students from a very big drop, Ella attempts a rescue only to slip and fall herself. Fortunately, the lucky hat acts as a parachute, transporting Ella and Belinda to safety. The next day, the entire class, bullies included, sports fancy hats, and a message on the chalkboard reads, "We love Ella." With its charming and whimsical cartoons and simple design, this offering seems like a picture book from an earlier era. Ella is a likable character, and children will be able to relate to her emotions. Unfortunately, the story is nothing new and the text may be a bit long for some youngsters. Despite these shortcomings, parents who are nostalgic for Jean de Brunhoff's The Story of Babar (Random, 1937) will appreciate the D'Amicos's kinder, gentler elephant tale.–Rachel G. Payne, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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K-Gr. 2. On the Elephant Islands, "hidden by fog so thick no human being has ever found them," shy little elephant Ella, new to town, worries about school and making friends. Ella loves her big red hat, a special gift from Grandma, but wearing it the first day of school brings teasing, especially from big bully Belinda. But when Belinda's antics put her in a dangerous situation, Ella steps in to help--and is surprised to discover that her hat is more special than she thought. Combining a fairy-tale quality with elements in story and setting that will be familiar to children, this has a charming protagonist, as well as lovely, whimsical art, in a soft, rich palette and style that evokes the work of H. A. Rey and recalls Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline in its rows of students clad in identical blue uniforms and "Ecole" written over the school gate. The text is simple, descriptive, and often lively, making a good read-aloud. Listeners will sympathize with Ella's challenges and appreciate the rewards that come from her showing compassion and staying true to herself. Shelle Rosenfeld
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As a former bookseller and elementary school teacher, I have read a LOT of books and this instantly became one of my favorites.
Kaylene Smith
Ella the Elegant Elephant has a very positive message about staying true to yourself in the face of adversity and being kind to others even if they aren't kind to you.
Pelagia Katan
I am impressed with how well the illustrations capture the feel of the story, and how, together, the book conveys a beautiful, elegant message.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kaylene Smith on November 23, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I love everything about this book! I love the vintage, sweet quality of the illustrations. I love the message of kindness in the story. I even love the font. As a former bookseller and elementary school teacher, I have read a LOT of books and this instantly became one of my favorites. My son just turned 2 and I originally thought a bit young for this story. I changed my mind after he insisted that we read it 6 times one afternoon, and multiple times a day since then. We are definitely buying copies for all our friends.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Judy Anderson on September 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Everything about this book is appealing! I loved the "follow the golden rule" inference, and the utterly charming personality of the lead character, Ella. The colorful, eye-catching artwork made turning each page a treat. When the book was over, my granddaughter asked me to "please read it again!" And it was my pleasure to do so. We can all relate to Ella's predicament when she is confronted by the school bully, and it's heartening to see that her strength of character, (with a little magic thrown in for good measure!) pulls her through her dilemma. If you have children between three and nine,I strongly urge you to go out and buy this lovely book! I've recommended it to all my friends, and so will you! Get a first-edition copy soon, because this book will most certainly be a classic!

J. Anderson
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Mersinger on September 14, 2005
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Hopefully it's not too late and you haven't read the review above as it gives away the sweet, tear-inducing ending to a beautifully illustrated tale described so well by the other "amateur" reviewers. I read this to my almost-2 year old and my 4 year old, and they both love the pictures and the story. There are quite a few lessons to be learned from this story - I appreciate the fact that even though she is made fun of for her hat, she continues to wear it to school because it means so much to her. I still tear-up a little at the end. It's really a hopeful story - it makes me hopeful that my own children see results/appreciation when they do their best to do the right thing. I have purchased 3 copies and will continue to do so as friends have babies.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A reader and mother of three on December 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My kids love this book. The pictures are interesting and the story brings them back again and again. A great message about being an individual.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By derekderekderek on October 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
not only is this a fun and well written story, but the illustrations are stunningly imaginative and beautiful. I am impressed with how well the illustrations capture the feel of the story, and how, together, the book conveys a beautiful, elegant message. I'm excited to see more from this wonderful author/illustrator team!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bette Branco on September 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read Ella to my 3.5 year-old pre-schooler. We were instantly enamored with the charming elephants who live in the village nestled atop the peaks of a mysterious island. The first thing that struck me was the lustrous artwork. Rendered in rich, creamy colors, the illustrations conjure the warm emotional buzz of the books I adored while cuddled in in my own mother's lap. Each picture offers stunning perspectives, charming details and fresh simplicity. And, Ella is the most adorable elephant I've ever seen! The text and art are seamlessly symbiotic. Ella. who is just starting at a new school, quells some of her fears by donning her grandmother's (rather large and bright) "good luck hat". It is this adornment that offers her comfort, but it is also that which causes her to stand out. Ella's is a universal story about feeling different. It touches on timely issues such as bullying and peer pressure, but the telling is utterly unique and buoyant. Ella learns to trust her instincts. With a little bit of magic and an elegance the title fortells, Ella turns a difficult situation into something fabulous!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Paula Jonvik on November 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ella the Elegant Elephant eloquently delivers lessons in living for young readers and serves as a reminder for older elephants (lest we forget!).

Beginning with the soft-edged charcoal illustrations by Steven D'Amico, which are beautifully rendered in playful, primary colors, Ella and her environment provide opportunities for extended interaction by learning colors and counting, depth, perspective and recognition.

In my humble opinion, the enchanting story written by Carmela D'Amico, aside from being the beginning of a heartfelt, bonding relationship between the reader and the character through experiences, provides parents a perfect opportunity to address and explore a multitude of challenges awaiting youngsters in social settings, such as...

Parental encouragement, trust and guidence, without ordering the child 'what to do and how to do it', (as it is so important to allow a child to feel empowered and confident in knowing the difference between right and wrong behaviour and action); Being the 'new person' in an already established setting, such as a classroom; Children teasing and name calling; The importance of being aware of, and following rules, and most of all... Trusting their instincts and to 'act from the heart with pure intent'.

I, myself, and the children that I am fortunate to have in my life, have truly enjoyed this book and are eagerly awaiting the next chapter in Ella's new life on Elephant Island!

This character and her trials, tribulations and triumphs are destined to become a favorite- such as Curious George and other timeless classics!

WE LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
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