17 Kings And 42 Elephants

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Where those kings are headed is a mystery, but no travelers ever had such a jolly time. Here is a royal romp through a tongue-twisting paradise. 32 full-color illustrations.

Seventeen kings and forty-two elephants romp with a variety of jungle animals during their journey through a wild, wet night.

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Overview

Where those kings are headed is a mystery, but no travelers ever had such a jolly time. Here is a royal romp through a tongue-twisting paradise. 32 full-color illustrations.

Seventeen kings and forty-two elephants romp with a variety of jungle animals during their journey through a wild, wet night.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW enjoyed the ``rollicking language'' of Mahy's ``foot-stomping poem,'' in this fanciful jungle journey illustrated with glowing batik art. Ages 4-8. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 In words both sensible and nonsensical, Mahy's entourage of kings and elephants makes its way through the jungle. Readers don't know where they came from or where they're going, but the journey is a joyous one. Before the procession disappears into the night, assorted jungle creatures respond to the songs and music of the travelers: ``Forty-two elephantsoh, what a lot of 'ums, /Big feet beating in the wet wood shade, /Proud and ponderous hippopotomums /Danced to the music that the marchers made.'' Painted on silk, the batik illustrations glow with the lush, clear colors of the fabric. Their visual patterns reflect the verbal patterns and the fun of the text. The hippopotomums are palpably ponderous, the flamingos gorgeously pink. Not since Preston and Parker's Pop Corn and Ma Goodness (Viking, 1969; o.p.) has there been such a marriage of happy, rhythmic language and illustrations. Go for it. Your small patrons will love it. Janet D. French, Centennial School Dist . Libs . , Warminster, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803704589
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 9/28/1987
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 213,517
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.46 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2007

    Great Book for Elementary Music Classroom

    This book is great! I use it in my general music classes as a way to introduce children to improvisation. By allowing a couple of students to play an accompaniment on the xylophone and the rest make up their own fanfare on thier recorders when each page turns, the book comes alive to the kids! I would highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2006

    I have FINALLY found it again!!!

    I absolutely LOVE this book! I first read it to my oldest daughter when she was two. She is now 18. When my youngest was born, I had lost our copy and it was out of print! I have now found it again. We love the rhymes and the lyrical, mystical quality of the story. Where are the kings from?? Where are they going?? Can we go too?? Please?? It is NOT a counting book, it is a song book with numbers in the title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    Beautiful word play, fun for kids and adults

    My son and I LOVE 17 Kings and 42 Elephants. The sing-songy words are terrific. We remember it to this day and it's been over a year, I'm so glad to have found it here. My son was only 2 1/2 and I'm sure he'll love it more now. I'd love to hear of other types of books, language is so much fun and this book helped my son discover that.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2003

    Boring

    This book is neither interesting for my kids or for me. I thought it would make counting fun. But it doesn't. This book is quite dull.

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