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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3—June is a snake and August an elephant, but this is not immediately apparent to them. On the dark night when they first meet, their physical differences are obscured and they are drawn together by their dreams of what they'd do if they could travel into space. When they meet again in daylight, they continue to bond and to dream together. This odd story has a quirky charm. The story line is disjointed, not because of a lack of storytelling skill, but as a deliberate style that produces a sense of surrealism. The playful illustrations are full of visual tricks that pair the snake with the elephant's trunk, or pointy blades of grass with rhinoceros horns. Readers may be intrigued or they may be befuddled, but they likely won't be bored by this unusual take on friendship and individuality.—Heidi Estrin, Feldman Children's Library at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton, FL END

About the Author

Vivian Walsh lives with her three children in San Francisco, California. She is the co-creator of several bestselling books, including Olive, the Other Reindeer. Visit her Web site at www.vivianwalsh.com. Adam McCauley also lives in San Francisco. He has illustrated a number of books for children, including the Time Warp Trio series, by Jon Scieszka, and The Monsterologist, by Bobbi Katz. Visit his Web site at www.adammccauley.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810984105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810984103
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,725,806 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Photo of the real Olive; pictured here on full Reindeer Alert.

Vivian Walsh's best selling book is, "Olive, the Other Reindeer" it is based on her real life Jack Russell Terrier. Olive is a relentlessly active, determined, well-loved, and sometimes confused lap dog. A description that is fairly shared with the author, and the dog's master, Vivian Walsh.

The goal of this particular author is to write exactly 100 books. Her next title will feature two of the larger creatures in the animal kingdom: a hippo and another hippo.

VW (as her friends call her) lives in sometimes sunny San Francisco with her many children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parker Herr on September 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I teach first grade and this book has been a big hit with the kids. I chose it thanks to the great illustrations. The appeal for my kids is the writing. [...].
The story is about an elephant and a snake. The elephant takes a look at the snake and asks,

"Are you all trunk, or all tail?"

"I am all me!" says the snake.

The story goes on to point out that snakes and elephants start and end the same way, but in the middle they are very different.

My kids love this idea. It reminds me of something from "The Little Prince." In that book there is a drawing of a line that has a big bump in the middle. Only the children can tell that it is a drawing of a snake that ate an elephant. The adults think that is ridiculous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William B. Wigginton on September 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The theme is good showing that despite differences friendship is possible
and the illustrations are fantastic bringing it all to life.
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I will say that the lovely illustrations really make this book worth looking at. The story told and the moral presented about `not judging a book by its cover' is a good one, I just found the way in which it was all delivered to be kind of...childishly skeletal. I know that really means nothing considering that this is a CHILDREN'S book, and so don't feel compelled to remind me of that (I know, I know) and yet I was still oddly underwhelmed by it all. I loved the opening and I loved the close, yet the center of the book seemed like an afterthought that was underdeveloped. Alas, I love the look of the book, and so I'll keep it around.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Conrad on September 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I love children's books, and I have endless shelves of them. I still have ones from my childhood and I really thought this one was not only a classic, but had a beautiful and important point to make about the joys and challenges of being friends. The author seems to have an intuitive understanding of the magic world of children's friendships, their intensity reality and fragile power. I really like the illustration where each of the other creatures imagine that what they are is what they can see.
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