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Elefantina's Dream Hardcover – January 14, 2002

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From Publishers Weekly

Just in time for the winter games, X.J. Kennedy follows up Elympics with Elefantina's Dream, illus. by Graham Percy. Here, the plucky pachyderm straps on her ice skates and, with the aid of a friend and the local ice man, not only makes the Elympic team, but completes a triple salchow, too. The crayon and colored pencil illustrations capture her hard work and triumph.

Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-Athletic elephants are back in this sequel to Elympics (Philomel, 1999), which focuses on a driven young elephant who resides in a tropical paradise. After viewing an exhibition on television, her heart's desire is to become an ice-skater. The road to greatness is never easy as Elfy soon discovers. First, there is the challenge of raising the money for skates and then there is the paucity of ice in her landscape. Determination pays off and eventually both the skates and a training venue are obtained. A pint-sized impresario, a chap named Mozzarella Mouse, convinces the novice to pursue her dream and try out for the Elympic team. In the big city, she experiences both the triumph of victory and the agony of defeat all the while plagued by her "dangerous rival," Trickster. The jaunty verse propels the action. The shadowy appearances and rapid departure of Elfy's nemesis is a less-convincing plot element, but doesn't detract substantially from the overall success of the narrative. Colorful crayon and colored-pencil spreads lend vivacity and, yes, even grace to this unlikely competitor. Dealing with a number of high-demand topics including the Olympics, females in sports, and the importance of pursuing one's dreams, this story will find an appreciative audience.

Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel; First Edition edition (January 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399234284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399234286
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,433,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Beverley R. Enright on April 26, 2014
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This story is sort of contrived but has a lot of information about figure skating and certain jumps with clear illustrations to go with the text.
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