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What Elephant? Hardcover – September 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Lexile Measure: 780L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155337875X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1553378754
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,115,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 5–Help! Help! There's an elephant in my house! cries George as he runs down the street. This pronouncement is greeted with skepticism and giggles from his neighbors. Reluctantly agreeing that he must be dreaming, he returns home to find that the not-so-imaginary visitor is asleep on the bed and, during the next few days, it proceeds to take over the house. George, who would rather believe his friends than his own eyes, suffers in silence. Eventually, they come to visit, and although no one can fail to notice the enormous pachyderm sunbathing in the yard, each of them refuses to admit it for fear of being ridiculed. The truth is revealed when the elephant's trainer spots his beloved Shiraz and explains that the animal had run away from the circus. George feels much better knowing that he is not nuts after all, and his best friend apologizes for not believing him. And yet, when a pink poodle carrying a suitcase wanders by asking for directions to the train station.... The scribbly, mixed-media artwork suits this deceptively simple story perfectly. Children will be amused by the elephant, drawn far out of proportion to its surroundings. This thoughtful allegory can be an excellent starting point for discussions of fact versus fiction, faith and trust, and self-confidence versus peer pressure.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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C?té’s gentle message is put across with appealing wit. (New York Times)

This thoughtful allegory can be an excellent starting point for discussions of fact versus fiction, faith and trust, and self-confidence versus peer pressure. (School Library Journal)

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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I got the book fast and in perfect shape.. What else can I say? I will be reading everything this illustrator ILLUSTRATES
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What a neat book!

I am a 2nd grade teacher and am always looking for unique books. Keep your "Fancy Nancy" and "Skippy Jones" books, I have always been an advocate for interesting books that tell a unique story--as I believe these are the books students will remember throughout their lives.

This book is a prime example of this--the illustrations are whimsical and the story is hilarious. I read it with my class (again, of 2nd graders) and they all were holding their sides from laughing so hard at the book. This will remain in my collection for the rest of my career as an educator! I love it!
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By C. PICKERING on December 27, 2010
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I purchased this book for my sons 5th birthday. He likes elephants and loved this book. I had to read the book every night for about 2 weeks. The story itself is nice and teaches kids to speak up. It's a funny story that gets the kids asking questions.
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