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Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors (Awards)) Hardcover – April 1, 2006

4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-In this creative exploration of color, Paschkis's full-page gouache illustrations of animals are brimming with vibrant and unexpected hues: an orange giraffe, a pink cat, a blue turtle. Larios's poems are, for the most part, fresh offerings of alliteration, rhyme, and gentle surprises. Some pairings are more successful than others. Red Donkey, Silver Gull, and Gold Finch are the strongest, most imaginative poems in the book, with superb illustration and engaging poetic qualities. While the artwork for the surprisingly unsurprising White Owl is eye-catching, the poem itself doesn't hold the same charm that one finds in other verses. Brown Mouse, too, lacks verve and whimsy. The book design is simple and effective: one page is devoted to the poem itself with words against a white background and a rectangular sidebar illustration to match the full-page picture opposite. There's no question that this is a visually stimulating and interesting book, thanks especially to Paschkis's folk art, which seems to be largely inspired by South American and African cultural styles. Not all of the poems are as strong, but the ones that rise above are a sheer delight.-Carol L. MacKay, Forestburg School Library, Alberta, Canada
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*Starred Review* K-Gr. 3. From "a green frog / on a green lily pad" to a "gray mama goose" and her "gold baby," the animals featured in these well-crafted poems flash with color and emotion. Each spread features a picture of a brightly hued animal, and Larios' rhythms and sounds skillfully reinforce the memorable, evocative images. Lines about a white owl echo the rush of winter wind in a quiet forest: "Who flies over white ice? / Who? / And over white snow?" In "Blue Turtle," the lines bring the cool, shadowy world of the creeping creature close: "Slow / in the blue shade / of a blue-leafed garden. / Slow." And the open-mouthed sounds of "Pink Kitty" reinforce the meaning in a description of a cat's "pink yawn at dawn." Together with Paschkis' vibrant, patterned, gouache paintings, the poems beautifully show how color and sound create mood and imagery, and they will encourage children to notice how changing light and motion make everything different: "One hop / and her green / is gone. / See how she swims, / blue frog now / under blue water." Pair this with Mary O'Neill's classic Hailstones and Halibut Bones (1961) for more poems about color. Gillian Engberg
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors (Awards)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (March 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152054227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152054229
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 10.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,463,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my 5th copy of this book. I give it to teacher friends. My 1st graders lived it. My second graders love it. It could be a mentor text for poetry. It ties colors, feelings, main idea, and assonance together. Really clever and complex enough for interest- yet kid friendly!
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Rarely have I come across such a wonderful poetry book for young children. My 3 year old is mesmerized by this book--its lovely verses about animals and the beautiful illustrations make this a favorite in our house.
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Here are some stunning and colorful illustrations, mostly in an African style, which illuminate some wonderfully descriptive and fun poetry full of clever imagery that shows us how words can actually create a picture in one's mind - great examples for classroom teaching. One of my favorites... "Blue Turtle, slow in the blue shade of a blue-leafed garden." Some work better than others, but in general the artistry of both poet and illustrator come together to make a most delightful menagery that will appeal to children as well as adults.

See also Cool Melons - Turn To Frogs!: The Life And Poems Of Issa
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A lovely and tantalizing world of colors and shadings and large animals with significant personalities.

Even a three year old remains mesmerized by an orange giraffe or a red braying donkey with red tantrums and the startling pink of a lazy kitty.

The text might appear difficult for a young child, but the words merge easily and fascinate with divergent tones.

Imagine a green frog that becomes incandescent blue with a hop into water.
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This is a book of poems about various animals. The poems are great; their content is funny and rhythmic. Through the poems we learn about the various animals. The illustrations are very creative collages that are unique compared to most other children's books.

The poems are short and to the point, and his illustrations are extremely creative.

This would make a great read aloud during a unit on poetry animals.
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Lovely, boldly colored art, that you can linger over a moment to really look at and suits its subject. The art is also well suited to the poetry.

I'm a big fan of well-crafted writing, and this has it. The poems are simple, but alliterative and for use of language, this ranks up there with Big Red Barn as something I enjoy reading aloud.
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