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The Elephant's Child: From the Just So Stories (Rabbit Ears: A Classic Tale (Spotlight))

3.3 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1596793439
ISBN-10: 1596793430
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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-6 ``In the High and Far-Off times the Elephant. . .had only a blackish, bulgy nose, as big as a boot.'' Then the Elephant's Child, full of insatiable curiosity, journeyed across Africa to discover what the crocodile has for his dinner. This version of the best-beloved Just So story takes minor liberties with the text (`` `satiable curtiosity'' becomes ``insatiable curiosity''). Soft hues and line-hatch drawings portray whimsical jungle folk; even the crocodile's ``musky, tusky mouth'' is unthreatening. In interesting interpretations, the Precession of the Equinoxes is shown as the planets revolving along the horizon, and the elephant's journey as a trail of melon rinds across Africa. This title may be purchased with an audio cassette. Collections that have Lorinda Bryan Cauley's version of this tale (HBJ, 1983) may bypass this one, since the two interpretations are similar. For collections that do not have a picture-book edition, though, this Elephant's Child is a good choice.Carolyn Noah, Worcester Public Lib., Mass.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"An attractive edition of a favorite story--the complete text is illustrated with a generous number of lively watercolors that make entertainingly explicit such details as just how the Elephant's Child carried his provisions--very good illustration."
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 1100 (What's this?)
  • Series: Rabbit Ears: A Classic Tale (Spotlight)
  • Library Binding: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Spotlight (MN) (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596793430
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596793439
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.4 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,013,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The illustrations are excellent but I was disappointed by some word changes from the original and the interactive eBook features are not useful/poorly implemented. The original Kipling text is out of copyright so it is readily available elsewhere for free. In this book they changed "'satiable" elephant's child to "insatiable" throughout (ie. they expanded the informal contraction wherein the "in" at the beginning was replaced by an apostrophe) ...although technically correct, I think the story reads better as originally written. The "interactive feature" allows you to touch a paragraph of text and it is then shown in a larger font in a box over the illustration so it is easier to read than the TINY text in the book. This feature worked so poorly that I do not use it.
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I love this story and was looking forward to sharing it with grandchildren. Unable to read it easily since the print is so very small the layout is two pages per screen. Usually, am able to zoom in on sections of pages or change font size. This was such a sad disappointment since I love the story so much. It was just a poorly executed Kindle book.
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My grandson is three and the problem was the amount of word on the page. He lost interest. I always loved the Kipling story and thought the art work was really wonderful. Maybe when he is older he will enjoy the book, but for now I will put it up.
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I've long loved this story, and bought it on Kindle for my 5-yr-old. BUT the book only displays horizontally, and that too in a double page format (on my Kindle Fire). The text and pictures are consequently very tiny and frustratingly unclear. There does exist a feature that allows the words to display larger, but the text has to be accessed line by line, enlarged and then returned to regular (tiny) size each time. This is hugely cumbersome--it's impossible for little hands to manage, and the continuity of the narrative is completely destroyed. Also, the illustrations are probably lovely on paper, but hopelessly pale on the Kindle. The book may appear fine on a larger screen, but don't buy this if you plan reading it on a Kindle-sized display.
Note: I returned this book almost immediately after purchasing it; full points to Amazon for a very prompt refund.
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I saw this book over two years ago. And looked for ONLY this version for two years. No other version comes close to portraying the story with such great illustrations. Tim Raglin does a fantastic job of giving the characters a personality. I need 4 more for my grand kids and one more for ME!
D Osthus
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I love this story and wanted to have it on my Kindle to read to my grandkids. The drawings are wonderful, but the font is too small and I can't find a way to make it bigger. Too hard to read!
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