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I've Got an Elephant Paperback – February 1, 2013
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Kindergarten-Grade 1–Ive got an elephant… the rhyme begins. But when I go to school, he gets lonely and then…He goes out and brings home an elephant friend. This sets the pattern for a busy little girl and her loyal pachyderms who fight loneliness after each successive activity by simply adding another friend to their growing numbers. Soon the house is filled with them engaging in tail-to-trunk carefree play. Soothing cartoon pastels frame elephant antics on the way to school, shopping, swimming, in tutus and tights, at the movies, fishing, or at tea. Each frame captures the joie de vivre of the activity or the devastation of being left behind. New additions to the group provide the opportunity to watch for details–elephants unsure of their dance steps, forcing huge feet into the girls tiny new shoes, and intently watching their lures while fishing. What to do with so many elephants? The heroine cries ENOUGH! and finds a perfect solution as she once again begins counting with a new friend. An entertaining addition to collections of counting tales.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX
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A little girl has an elephant that she sleeps with at night, but when she leaves for school in the morning, her lonely pal "goes out and brings home an elephant friend." The next day, the two elephants join her at school. Later, when she leaves to go shopping, the lonely elephants bring home another elephant friend. The story progresses along those lines until there are 10 elephants in the house, and the child decides that enough is enough. The rhyming verses bounce along in a readable, repeatable, predictable (in the best educational sense) fashion, inviting participation in the places where children can guess what words are coming next. Matching the buoyant, gently humorous tone of the text are the sunny illustrations. Both people and pachyderms have easy-to-read facial expressions and body language, offering children plenty to enjoy in the pictures as they listen to the verses roll along. Fun for reading aloud. Carolyn Phelan
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
I think other kids will enjoy this book because it has great illustrations and is really silly. The pictures help explain the story, are fun and colorful. Other kids will enjoy the book because the words rhyme, the illustrations are really good, and the story keeps getting sillier with more elephants. This is a good book. Other kids should be aware that the story tricks you into counting elephants.
The very end of the book is my favorite part because the elephants got to go back to their home at the zoo and be with their friends - the kangaroos and crocodiles. And then the little girl got to meet new monkey friends, which looked like fun too.
The book is special because the little girl gets to do things with the elephants and then when she goes on her own, the elephants are sneaky and invite another friend to join in the fun.
I rate this book a 4. I liked it, but it tricks you into counting.
Charlotte P., age 4, Denver Mensa
Picture Book: Fantasy and friendship (pre-K through grade 1)
The Creative Teacher: Activities for Language Arts (Grades 4 through 8 and Up)
I love that it's a counting book that doesn't feel like a boring counting book, it's fun and imaginative with gorgeous illustrations.
We love it so much we bought 3 copies for friends this year. We're looking forward to Ms. Ginkel's next work.