Advantages Funny, great pictures, simple but enjoyable story
Disadvantages None - unless your child doesn't like elephants!
In this playful, engaging book for very young children, a little girl’s much-cherished toy elephant leads her to muse on all the problems that living with a real elephant would bring. This includes such things as the elephant making the bath water overflow, stealing all the bedclothes and eating all the buns on picnics. My daughter received this book when Father Christmas visited her nursery school class many years ago and it was one of her favourites when she was small. It was always a popular choice for a bedtime story. I am pleased to see that this book is still available used from sellers at Amazon from £0.01. At that price you really can't grumble!This book will obviously be a big hit with children who like elephants, as my daughter did. One of the things my daughter enjoyed was the way the book combines the familiar with the unusual, the mundane with the ridiculous. There are references to everyday events that any child will relate to, such as taking a bath, going to bed, having breakfast, going on picnics, playing, etc. but there are also lots of absurd and gloriously silly things going on, such as the little girl sharing the bathtub with an elephant that is wearing a frilly, pink shower cap, elephants playing games in the park, elephants sliding down bannisters, riding bicycles or driving cars. This certainly makes for an amusing story, which pushes the boundaries of the imagination. Animals with human-like characteristics always seem to be popular in children’s storybooks.
Although this book discusses things that only elephants in stories do, such as playing badminton and playing hide and seek, it does make young children think about the characteristics of real elephants and what makes them such unique animals. Many of the jokes in this book arise out of the elephant’s immense size and weight. For example, in one picture we see the little girl and the elephant sunbathing, but he is blocking out all her sun. In another picture, they are on a seesaw but the elephant’s weight means that the seesaw doesn’t bob up and down like it should. The children also observe the elephant in the book using its trunk to pick up buns or to drink lemonade or to spray water all over the little girl, which demonstrates the dexterity and versatility of the elephant’s trunk. Even though the pictures in the book are of cartoon elephants doing comic things, they are sufficiently realistic to show the animal's main features, such as its grey colouring, big, floppy ears, stumpy legs, trunk and tail.There is only a short bit of text on each page, so it's not one of those bedtime stories that is going to take an age to read. The text incorporates many high-frequency words (the commonly occurring words that children are encouraged to learn to recognise on sight, such as ‘the’, ‘in’, ‘on’, ‘to’, ‘they’ etc.) along with some more challenging words like ‘elephant’ and ‘picnic’ which are repeated in the text so that children can become familiar with them and gradually build up a core vocabulary when they start reading the book independently.
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