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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

My Elephant (Picture Book)



Released November 2009

www.candlewick.com

Reviewed by Bob Walch

What happens when your grandparents are too busy to play with you? Why, you ask your imaginary elephant to amuse you, of course! Unfortunately, when the little boy in this picture book does just that his elephant squashes Grandpa's flowerbed, knocks over one of Grandma's vases, and makes a huge mess in the bathroom.

The question now becomes will Grandpa and Grandma believe that the little boy's elephant caused all this mess? You'll have to read the book to see how they reacted to the boy's continual response that "My elephant did it!"

This intergenerational story not only shows how a little boy's boundless imagination can create some interesting scenarios, but it also underscores the wisdom of his grandparents who seem to understand the problems loneliness can sometimes cause.

Preschoolers three years of age and up will find this story not only amusing but probably one they can definitely identify with.

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