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The day Gracie loses her favorite book, Elephant finds it. He sniffs the words ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS and—oops—they go up his trunk, where they wiggle and jiggle and make him sneeze. The letters fly through the air helter skelter, and when Elephant tries to put them back together, he can't figure out how to make the right words that fit. He asks his friends for help, but they just choose some of the letters to make up their own words—Alligator wants to CHEW them, ...

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The day Gracie loses her favorite book, Elephant finds it. He sniffs the words ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS and—oops—they go up his trunk, where they wiggle and jiggle and make him sneeze. The letters fly through the air helter skelter, and when Elephant tries to put them back together, he can't figure out how to make the right words that fit. He asks his friends for help, but they just choose some of the letters to make up their own words—Alligator wants to CHEW them, Seal SPINs them, Monkeys THROW them, and Bear just SNOREs. Lucky for elephant, Gracie comes looking for her book. She makes the letters into the right words and then adds some of her own: a girl went to the zoo and made a new friend.

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Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Sarah Harrison Smith
Like all the best books, this one can be read on several levels, and kids ready for simple deciphering will enjoy Pearson's anagrams.
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"A sweet, funny story—though not without its awkward moments—with a metafictive theme that should entertain." — Kirkus Reviews

 

 

"Pearson’s humorous illustrations are drawn with a loose flowing line. An overlay of light watercolors brings to life Elephant’s expressive face. Endpapers show him making the letters of the alphabet with this body. A lighthearted picture book for storytimes about friendship, cooperation, or books." — School Library Journal

"A good choice for the smallest book lovers." - Booklist

School Library Journal
09/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Elephant is worried. It shows in his eyes. He has accidentally sucked up all the words in Gracie's favorite book. When he presents the blank-paged book to his friends, they don't know what to do. Instead of making words, Seal spins the letters around his nose, Monkey throws them around, and Alligator eats them. There are some tense moments when Gracie sees Elephant sitting on her lost book, so she pulls on his trunk and tickles it, and a big sneeze produces all the missing words. Pearson's humorous illustrations are drawn with a loose flowing line. An overlay of light watercolors brings to life Elephant's expressive face. Endpapers show him making the letters of the alphabet with this body. A lighthearted picture book for storytimes about friendship, cooperation, or books.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
2013-09-01
In this offbeat tale, friendship forms as the result of a lovable, bumbling elephant's mistake. When Elephant comes across a lost book, he accidentally inhales its words. The words are soon sneezed out, but the letters are in chaos. Not knowing how to fix them, Elephant takes the letters to his friends, who, much to Elephant's distress, are not very interested in restoring them to the book. Clever design shows Alligator about to "chew" the letters, while Seal just wants to "spin" them. The use of a limited palette and lots of undecorated white space makes the close communication of jungle, savannah, forest and marine animals seem more plausible than it would otherwise. Finding no real help, he just sniffs the letters back up into his trunk. When Gracie--the book's owner--finds Elephant sitting on her beloved book, strangely, she chooses to pull on his trunk (an action that seems rather cruel). Only after that doesn't work does she tickle him, which elicits a sneeze that releases the letters. Gracie then uses the letters to create a new story about friendship. The adorable endpapers are particularly noteworthy, featuring Elephant posing as the 26 letters in the English alphabet, echoing the main theme of the book. A sweet, funny story--though not without its awkward moments--with a metafictive theme that should entertain. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374399139
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 10/22/2013
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 304,780
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Tracey Campbell Pearson is the author and illustrator of many children’s books, including Bob, which Booklist called "a visual treat," and a series of board books including Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling,Parenting Magazine Best Book of the Year. She lives in Jericho Center, Vermont.

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Another good book from a Vermont author & illustrator!

    A good story for the very young, ages 1-5. Has the theme of favorite books, letters are involve, good for expanding little ones vocabulary and language. A variety of animals are involved, young children love animals. A simple story, especially good for bedtime story that doesn't go on for a long time, short, simple and readable in a few minutes. Illustrations are excellent. A great Vermont author and illustrator!

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