Saturday, July 2, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration: Book one hundred and eighty-three

We live in a society that loves the idea that "more is better." More clothes, more techi toys, more stuff. More, more, and more. There are situations though where more really is not a better thing, and in this book you will learn about one of these situation. 

Anne Ginkel
Illustrated by Janie Bynum
Picture book
For ages 4 to 6
Peachtree Publishers, 2006, 1-56145-373-0
   A little girl has an elephant friend who shares her bed every night. He wears Superman pajamas and is a splendid cuddler. It is a wonderful to have such a friend, but the elephant tends to get lonely when the little girl goes to school every week day.
   Then one day, the elephant goes out and he comes home with an elephant friend of his own. The two elephants are great companions for each other and for the little girl. They help the little girl with her reading, but when she goes shopping, they get lonely and they decide to get another elephant friend to live with them.
   Over time, more and more elephants join the little girl’s household. They dance beautifully at ballet class, go fishing, play dress-up, go swimming, and go to the movies. The thing of it is, there does come a time when having numerous elephant friends becomes a bit of a problem.
   Children will be hard pressed not to laugh out loud when they see how more and more elephants are added to the story. What is the little girl going to do with all these elephants? When will another elephant be one elephant too many?
   With expressive watercolor illustrations throughout, this is a perfect book to share with a child. 

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