Elephant's Pillowby Roome
The imperial elephant, known far and wide as one of the grandest sights in the kingdom, hasn’t been the same since the old Emperor died. One day a rich merchant’s son decides he wishes to see the magnificent animal for himself. What he discovers is that the elephant is having terrible trouble sleeping. Can a/b>
A story about bedtime rituals
The imperial elephant, known far and wide as one of the grandest sights in the kingdom, hasn’t been the same since the old Emperor died. One day a rich merchant’s son decides he wishes to see the magnificent animal for himself. What he discovers is that the elephant is having terrible trouble sleeping. Can a spoiled boy who is not used to doing things for others find a way to solve the riddle of the elephant’s insomnia?
This soothing story by Diana Reynolds Roome, based on a bedtime tale invented by her father after his travels in the East, is charmingly illustrated by Jude Daly, whose distinctive style has won her admirers around the world.
Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
- Gardners Books
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Meet the Author
Diana Reynolds Roome is a freelance writer who grew up in Wales and England and now lives in Mountain View, California.
Jude Daly has illustrated many books for children, including The Star-Bearer. She lives in Cape Town, South Africa.
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I love this story! So does my daughter. We read this book and admire the change that Sing-Lo experiences as he goes from 'taker' to 'giver.' Sing-Lo meets the emporer's elephant and makes it his personal quest to help the animal rest. A lovely tribute to the author's father, it is well-written and a great family read. The illustrations are a perfect compliment to this unique and valuable story. I recommend it to anyone with school-age kids.
Sun washed yet brilliant the unique illustrations of South African artist Jude Daly enhance this story of how a young boy learns to be helpful. Sing Lo is the son of one of the wealthiest merchants in Peking. He's a rather spoiled child who has been cosseted since birth. One day during an outing in his rickshaw Sing Lo becomes bored, and asks his driver, Li, what might be the greatest sight of all. Upon learning that this extraordinary sight might be the Imperial Elephant, Sing Lo determines that is precisely what he wishes to see. Cautioned by Li that the animal is reputed to be bad tempered since the death of the Emperor, Sing Lo decides to take him a gift of buns 'glazed with honey and sprinkled with poppy seeds.' When Sing Lo delivers them he learns that the elephant hasn't slept since the Emperor died. What can Sing Lo possibly do to bring rest to the unhappy animal, and is he willing to expend time and energy to bring comfort to another? This story, which is based on a bedtime tale told to the author by her father, is as relevant today as it was years ago.
We received this beautiful book as a gift and enjoy reading it with our preschooler. The story introduces us to a young, wealthy, seemingly selfish little boy named Sing-Lo. He makes a journey to visit the famed Emporer's elephant only to discover that the animal is suffering since the death of his beloved master and as a result the elephant hasn't slept at all. The little boy makes a marvelous transition to caregiver when he makes it his personal mission to help the elephant rest. This was a timely story for our family as we begin to teach our little one what it means to be a gracious participant in society. This valuable lesson is taught with each reading. It broadens the little world of a child to understand how we all affect each other. How something, big or small, can make a positive difference in the lives of others. We love this book. The bold, vivid color of each illustration complements the magnificant text. I highly recommend this book for children of all ages. A beautiful book to send them to dreamland. And it's lesson was not lost on me either! Enjoy it!