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The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant: Ellie's First Plane Ride (Volume 2)

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"Another incredible book written about Ellie the Elephant. It is written step-by-step about taking a plane ride and going to the zoo. The young authors use photographs instead of illustrations to tell the story. This is a mentor text for young authors. Students can use this idea to photograph and write about trips they take; a great way to incorporate technology into students' writing."

"As a mother, grandmother, and former homeschool teacher, good books for children have always been very important to me. The books in this series are a wonderful addition to our library. They are bright and colorful, and have actual pictures taken of the stuffed animals, rather than illustrations of them. Along with the colorful, whimsical artwork on the pages, this combination is quite eye-catching!"

"The Adventures of Ellie the Elephant are among my three-year-old son's most requested books at bedtime, and we'll often read them every night for spans of over a week at a time. The real-world photography provide intriguing yet accessible imagery for him to examine and interpret, and when combined with the soft storytelling, they have a much-needed calming affect on an otherwise busy little boy. Best of all, they encourage him to create his own stories using his own toys."

"My daughter (who I homeschool) enjoyed this book. There is lots of fun pictures of 'Ellie' and 'Pudgy', two stuffed toys. Kids love imagining stories for stuffed toys, and this book encourages that in a great way. 'Ellie's First Plane Ride' incorporates lots of useful travels tidbits and safety information, which would be great before a summer vacation!
It is a book we will be reading with the kids for years to come." 


"Another incredible book written about Ellie the Elephant. It is written step-by-step about taking a plane ride and going to the zoo. The young authors use photographs instead of illustrations to tell the story. This is a mentor text for young authors. Students can use this idea to photograph and write about trips they take; a great way to incorporate technology into students' writing." "As a mother, grandmother, and former homeschool teacher, good books for children have always been very important to me. The books in this series are a wonderful addition to our library. They are bright and colorful, and have actual pictures taken of the stuffed animals, rather than illustrations of them. Along with the colorful, whimsical artwork on the pages, this combination is quite eye-catching!" "The Adventures of Ellie the Elephant are among my three-year-old son's most requested books at bedtime, and we'll often read them every night for spans of over a week at a time. The real-world photography provide intriguing yet accessible imagery for him to examine and interpret, and when combined with the soft storytelling, they have a much-needed calming affect on an otherwise busy little boy. Best of all, they encourage him to create his own stories using his own toys." "My daughter (who I homeschool) enjoyed this book. There is lots of fun pictures of 'Ellie' and 'Pudgy', two stuffed toys. Kids love imagining stories for stuffed toys, and this book encourages that in a great way. 'Ellie's First Plane Ride' incorporates lots of useful travels tidbits and safety information, which would be great before a summer vacation! It is a book we will be reading with the kids for years to come." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mother-daughter duo Marci Fair and Elle Fair have coauthored a series of books about ten-year-old Elle’s two favorite stuffed animals, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin. Even as a working mother of four, Marci has always made time to read bedtime stories to her kids and encouraged them to read on their own, as well. A big fan of books and stuffed animals both, Elle enjoys working on this special project with her mom. The first book Ellie Makes A New Friend earned the Gold Mom's Choice award.

In addition to her professional career, Marci is the founder of Kares 4 Kids, a nonprofit organization that has served more than 18,000 children in need since 2005. She is also the author of the award-winning book TILT: 7 Solutions to Be a Guilt-Free Working Mom, liberating other women with her hard-won wisdom—“Balance is impossible; memories are better.”

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Product Details

  • Series: The Amazing Adventures of Ellie The Elephant
  • Paperback: 58 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 29, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500962090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500962098
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,393,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Meehan on April 14, 2015
Format: Paperback
My kids (3, 5, 9) love both Ellie books. This one was nice because we got it right after my kids took a plane trip, so it was fresh in their minds. They love looking at the pictures of the stuffed animals, and my three-year-old got excited about the pictures of the real animals in this second book, too. They are excited by the invitation to upload pictures of their own stuffed animals. The kids This one was longer than the first one.
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Summer vacation planning is always so much fun. My kids are excited to learn about all the ways we can travel across the country. They've been in the car and on a train, but never have they traveled on an airplane. Always curious, they both want to know what it is like.

"Ellie's First Plane Ride" by Marci Fair is the story of Ellie the Elephant and her friend Pudgy the Penguin as they go on a journey to visit Ellie's relatives. Never having been on a plane before, Ellie is incredibly nervous, but thanks to Pudgy's reassurance and assistance they safely arrive at the zoo. Once at the Zoo the two friends set out to find Ellie's relatives, but none of the other animals know where Ellie's family is. Will the two friends ever find the other other elephants before it's time to return home?

"Ellie's First Plane Ride" will take your child on a plane ride from start to finish, explaining everything along the way. From checking flight departures, riding the escalator to getting on the plane your child will explore the airport and learn about the process of getting on an airplane.

Ellie and Pudgy are adorable, well loved plush animals with big personalities. My kids immediately recognized Pudgy the Penguin. We have a similar plush animal at home that my kids insist my be related to Pudgy. My son has asked to read this story three nights in a row.

The kids and I love that the illustrations are done in scrapbook style, using real photographs of their airport and zoo journey. This helps your child visualize what is happening each step of the way. The author highlights words throughout the story which not only adds visual appeal, it helps your young reader learn which words to emphasize as he/she reads along.
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I have never been on a plane... in fact I'm a little afraid to fly. Since I'm a fully grown adult and afraid to fly, I can only imagine what it would be like for a child the first time. Ellie is an elephant and she takes her first plane ride with her best friend Pudgy. I read the story to my Little Buddy (who is 4 1/2).

Ellie is nervous about flying, I don't blame her at all. But her friend Pudgy has flown before and shares how much she likes it. The two check the flight schedule, ride the escalator, go through security, take the tram, and board the flight. After landing, they rent a cart for their luggage, travel in a taxi to the hotel, and spend the night there. It is quite an adventure and they haven't even made it to meet Ellie's family yet.

Their adventure takes them to the Zoo to meet Ellie's relatives. They see and talk to many other animals along the way. On the way home, they encounter some issues with the luggage claim, but in the end all is well.

This book is unique, it uses real photographs instead of drawn illustrations. While I always enjoy beautifully drawn illustrations, I think using real photographs goes very well with this story. It allows children to see what things really look like. I think this would be a great book for a child that is going on a plane for the first time. The child can look at the pictures and see if they can find the same thing in their airport for their flight. It would also be a cute book for a child that has relatives visiting them on a plane!

My Little Buddy thought the story was too long. I couldn't get him to share with me more than that because he was so focused on the length.
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Having read the first book, I decided to check out volume 2, "Ellie's First Plane Ride." I ended up liking it more than the first one, maybe because I'm a practical person and could easily see how very useful this book could be to read to prepare a child for their first plane ride. (The fact that it uses photographs instead of illustrations is an added plus in this case). My three-year-old, who HAS been on a plane a few times already, still got really excited pointing at all the things she already knew about. It was fun for her to see someone else experiencing the same things.

After the plane ride, Ellie the Elephant and Pudgy the Penguin go to the zoo, which was a fun interlude I was not expecting - like two stories for the price of one. :) Again, the photographs were a plus in this case, as we met some out-of-the-ordinary animals that we'd never seen before. I had been wondering how the family reunion was going to be, taking place through bars, but the dialogue between the elephants was interesting enough to my three year old that it seemed to make it a non-issue for her.

Though it made the story a bit longer than the normal children's book, I appreciated the symmetry and gentle closure afforded by the story of the plane ride back home.

In both of these books I have appreciated the clear and interesting photographs. I generally prefer very detailed illustrations, but here they seemed appropriate since this seemed like it could be a teaching text. In that same vein I was pleased that once again the authors had highlighted key words from the text by making them larger and brightly colored. My three year old keyed in on them, pointing to a word and saying "wead DIS one, wead it again". I was impressed that she noticed and am hoping it's a step towards whole-word recognition.
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