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Elmer

McKee, David

(Book - 1989)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Elmer the elephant is bright-colored patchwork all over. No wonder the other elephants laugh at him! If he were ordinary elephant color, the others might stop laughing. That would make Elmer feel better, wouldn't it? The surprising conclusion of David McKee's comical fable is a celebration of individuality and the power of laughter. Elmer the elephant, a colorful character because of his patchwork hide and sense of humor, tries to blend in with the herd, but soon realizes that he's happiest just being himself. "McKee's gentle humor and love of irony are in full force in this celebration of individuality and laughter." -- Publisher's Weekly.
Publisher: New York : Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, [1989]
ISBN: 9780688091712
Characteristics: [32] p. :,col. ill. ;,24 cm.

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Aug 09, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a lovely story about an elephant who is not like the others. In time it worries him so he seeks to cover himself and look just like everyone else. But the other elephants miss Elmer and wish him back as himself. This story was published in 1968, but it is a timeless classic. The message about being yourself still applies. The illustrations are full of fun and color. And at the same time the story teaches about size, color, and animals which is wonderful for the little ones. The ending made smile!
The language of the story is a bit awkward at times. Some of the sentences are too long. I think this books is better suited as a read-a-loud than for a student reading books for the first time.
Would I recommend this book? YES. Especially for ages 1-5

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Aug 09, 2014
  • mmcbeth29 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 8

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