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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This is another superb effort from Il Sung Na. I loved The Book of Sleep and like that book, this one is beautiful in its simplicity. This book opens with a curious elephant and an umbrella. Our cute elephant has no clue what it is; he asks his friends and they don't know, so throughout the book he tries to use this mystery object for a variety of things. "Can he hide behind it?" "Maybe not."

There's no better way to say it other than this book is just adorable. The illustrations perfectly complement the story and there is just the right amount of humour to keep the kids interested. It's a very short story and when I read it for a group of kids, they were fully hooked and were eager to find out what elephant would try to do next. I think they were all relieved when he finally stumbled on the right answer and thought it was incredibly funny that none of the animals knew what an umbrella was. A solid choice for preschool storytime.
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Format: Hardcover
One day when Elephant was walking along he found the thingamabob. He had no idea what it was, but it was very interesting looking. He lay on the ground, closed one eye and looked very closely at this red thing with the handle. Yep, it was a thingamabob, but he had no idea what it was for. He looked at it this way. He looked at it that way. He held it in his trunk and held it high and even stuck his head in the thingamabob. One time it POP surprised him when it popped open when he held it by the handle.

He asked all his pals from Monkey to Rabbit, but no one seemed to know. He held the red thingmabob over his head and if Ostrich knew he wasn't saying because he had his head stuck in the ground. Elephant was wondering if he could fly with the thingamabob, but PLOP . . . guess not. He tried sailing. Nope. He tried to hide behind it, but he was so big. "Maybe not." He was just about ready to cry when it started to rain and he figured out what that thingamabob was!

This is one of those cutie pie, adorable books your preschooler will giggle at. Of course the thingamabob is a big red umbrella, something even little ones know what is for. They will laugh because they will know something that big white elephant and all his friends don't know. The charming little twist at the end of the story is delightful. The end pages of this book are filled with many beautiful thingamabobs to enjoy. This would be a fun book to read to a passel of little ones during circle or story time!
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on December 20, 2014
Format: Hardcover
An elephant comes across and umbrella but doesn't know what it is. He tries it out for several uses such as flying, sailing and hiding behind. But this doesn't work out so well. Suddenly it rains. The elephant has the umbrella open. Suddenly he sees a great use for the umbrella.

Il Sung Na once again uses a unique textured painting style for illustration. Although it is interesting, in this book it is not as rich and colorful or complex as you find in his book, A Book of Babies.

The is very simple and short story about object exploration. This would be a good book to use along with an exploration activity with the little ones. Give them an unknown object and ask them to think about what it could be used for. The book is advertized for ages 3-7 which is the right audience for this simple book.
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on January 6, 2014
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This book has a lot of very colorful and bright pictures with just the right amount of words on each page for me to read to my 2 year old without her getting bored and wanting to go to the next page. Would definitely purchase again!
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on October 5, 2013
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I enjoy reading this to my daughter...she loves the illustrations and I love watching her react to them! This is a great book for children of any age!
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on February 14, 2012
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Nice, simply story with not a ton of words about an: elephant and his thingamabob a red umbrella.... the artwork is awesome, and this book is a quick and easy read,that should hold your toodler's attention. We like it in our house.
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on April 3, 2011
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Il Sung Na is a writer and illustrator to watch. In this book, children laugh and enjoy the puzzle of figuring out what the thingamabob is- and what it transforms into.
Wonderful colorful illustrations accompany the text. Read this book with Not a Box, Dot, and other books that encourage creativity and divergent thinking with a little
humor. I read it with adults and older children and we all were laughing!
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on May 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Il Sung Na's THE THINGAMABOB tells of a curious elephant who finds a curious red object, and who investigates its origins. None of his friends can decipher the mystery so elephant begins to experiment with it, and finds some unusual results in this fun picture book!
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on September 4, 2014
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Great!
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