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Where's the Elephant? Paperback – April 7, 2016
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-With minimal text and bright, bold illustrations, Barroux introduces children to the topic of deforestation in a poignant fashion that invites discussion. By beginning with simple questions that ask the location of an elephant, parrot, and snake, he establishes a familiar seek-and-find narrative that is comfortable and engaging. At first, this is mildly challenging, as Barroux's acrylic and pencil creatures are cleverly hidden in their jungle habitat. This quickly changes, however, as trees are soon removed and replaced by houses, roads, and cars. Eventually, the natural environment is gone and a zoo encapsulates the cheery animal friends until they elect to bust free, making for an ocean raft and new island home. Each spread is full of stunning art, with the lushness of the diverse tropical leaves set against the increasingly uniform and stagnant buildings. The excitement of hide-and-seek soon turns to crushing loss, forcing readers to ask why this conflict is occurring. The animals' final flight, along with the contrast between cityscape and natural environs, conveys an important message regarding the ecosystem and the role humans play within it. VERDICT Although clearly written for a younger audience and highly recommended for all picture book collections, this introductory text can be used to spark discussion with elementary school students embarking on environmental studies.-Rachel Zuffa, Racine Public Library, WIα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"Quirky illustrations make this an inspired book to introduce the idea of deforestation to youngsters" The Bookseller "Barroux has created a deceptively complex wordless picture book, which encourages children to think carefully about the impact humans have on the environment" The Bookseller "You might think this is an animal version of Where's Wally, but it's so much more - and everyone should read the book. Highly recommended" Five Star Review The BookBag "A near wordless picture book which powerfully demonstrates the devastating effects of deforestation" The Guardian "This book's zinging visual impact is matched by the power of its environmental message" The Sunday Times "Simply stunning...Barroux is definitely one to watch for the future." The Sun "Barroux's illustrations tell a vivid and shocking story about the destruction of the forest" Love Reading 4 Kids Pick of April 2015 Love Reading 4 Kids "A picture paints a thousand words and never was this more true than with Where's The Elephant. This incredibly powerful book contains just nine words, but that's all it needs to put across its message" Junior Magazine "There are few words used in this striking book, but it has a lot to say" Juno Magazine "A must read for all ages ... and a springboard for discussion on a vital topic" Books for Keeps "A stunning picture book" Mumsnet "Clever and subtle, this book introduces de-forestation and its effect on the natural environment in an engaging and fun way" Dad Info --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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