Ella Sets the Stage

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The spotlight's on Ella as the world's cutest elephant prepares for a school talent show -- and wonders if she has anything special to offer at all.

The school on Elephant Island is holding a talent show, and all the children are excited -- all the children, that is, except for Ella. Belinda's going to do ballet, Tiki's planned a magic act, but Ella doesn't have a single idea. She can't sing, dance, or play an instrument -- doesn't Ella have ...

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Overview


The spotlight's on Ella as the world's cutest elephant prepares for a school talent show -- and wonders if she has anything special to offer at all.

The school on Elephant Island is holding a talent show, and all the children are excited -- all the children, that is, except for Ella. Belinda's going to do ballet, Tiki's planned a magic act, but Ella doesn't have a single idea. She can't sing, dance, or play an instrument -- doesn't Ella have any talent at all?

Then comes the night of the big show, and Ella discovers her own special talent that shines very bright -- even when she's not in the limelight. Carmela and Steve D'Amico put friendship center stage in this third charming elephant adventure.

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Kirkus
Ella, the elegant but shy elephant, has a new challenge in this third entry in the successful series.
This time her school is planning a talent show and all the little elephants have their acts planned–
except Ella. She struggles to find her own special ability, unsuccessfully trying to play the drums,
juggle or sing. Finally, Ella takes over the organization of the talent show, including providing refreshments, making backstage costume repairs and rescuing Lola the monkey. Ella is recognized on stage for her contributions, and in the satisfying conclusion, she realizes that she does indeed have her own valuable talent: organizational ability. The calm, confident tone of the text is a fine match for the whimsical illustrations that convey Ella's charmingly old-fashioned world on Elephant Island. Though the story has a nostalgic flavor, Ella's concerns are timeless. (Picture book. 3-6)

SLJ
PreS-Gr 2–Another lovely entry about an endearing elephant. Ella is desperately worried about her school's upcoming talent show. Her shyness and lack of a “special natural ability” seem to preclude her participation. From juggling to singing, she tries various activities with disastrous results. Still, she helps to organize the event and assists her classmates, and, on the big night, her true gift–being a good friend–shines forth. The book's charming, old-fashioned quality is emphasized by fluid illustrations reminiscent of those in the “Babar” and “Curious George” series. However, while the simplicity of the character depictions will make readers smile, it sometimes results in a lack of expression on the elephants' faces. Regardless, color and shadow are masterfully used to emphasize the main action in each scene while providing a richly detailed background. The story is driven by short bursts of dialogue, and key points are highlighted by moments of introspection. While primary-grade children will best sympathize with Ella's frustration and her conflicted feelings about being in the spotlight, younger children who have ever felt left out, inept, or just a little bit different will also find the story appealing.–Tamara E. Richman, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ

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Ella, the adorable little elephant last seen in Ella Takes the Cake (2005), gets bad news––there's going to be a talent show at her school. Shy, and sure she has no talent, Ella brushes off suggestions that she recite a poem, and her attempts at juggling fail. Ella isn't shy about helping the talent show committee, however, painting signs, making medals, and planning the program. On the day of the show, she still doesn't know what she's going to do, but she's soon busy sewing a hole in a dancer's tights and helping a performer's monkey jump from the rafters. Prizes are handed out, but the applause goes to Ella for being “a very special friend.” The question of Ella's performance is dropped midway, only to appear again the day of the show, but children will be probably be too entranced to worry about particulars. With artwork that evokes the best of picture-book art of the mid-twentieth century (Bemelmans, Rey, DeBrunhoff) and take a cozy look at childhood concerns, this is one both kids and parents will enjoy. ––Ilene Cooper
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Publishers Weekly
The popular pachyderm who debuted in Ella the Elegant Elephant returns for her third adventure, Ella Sets the Stage by Carmela D'Amico, illus. by Steven D'Amico. Even though Ella believes she has nothing to offer for her school's talent show, it will soon be clear to readers that the show could not go on without her. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
What is talent? Talent is a gift and perhaps it is called a gift because it is often shared with others. In this book about Ella, it seems that the Elephant Island School is having a talent show and many of Ella's friends are ready to participate. They look forward to appearing on stage in what Miss Bell calls "a fun and festive event." Ella is too shy to think that performing in front of a crowd might be fun, but she does try to determine what her talent is after looking up the word in the dictionary and finding that it means "a special natural ability." Her attempts to sing, to play the drums, and to juggle are humorous and not promising. But as almost all of her friends practice for the show, Ella helps out with painting signs, making award ribbons, and putting together programs. Then she helps solve problems her friends encounter along the way. What is Ella's talent? Young readers will know.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Another lovely entry about an endearing elephant. Ella is desperately worried about her school's upcoming talent show. Her shyness and lack of a "special natural ability" seem to preclude her participation. From juggling to singing, she tries various activities with disastrous results. Still, she helps to organize the event and assists her classmates, and, on the big night, her true gift-being a good friend-shines forth. The book's charming, old-fashioned quality is emphasized by fluid illustrations reminiscent of those in the "Babar" and "Curious George" series. However, while the simplicity of the character depictions will make readers smile, it sometimes results in a lack of expression on the elephants' faces. Regardless, color and shadow are masterfully used to emphasize the main action in each scene while providing a richly detailed background. The story is driven by short bursts of dialogue, and key points are highlighted by moments of introspection. While primary-grade children will best sympathize with Ella's frustration and her conflicted feelings about being in the spotlight, younger children who have ever felt left out, inept, or just a little bit different will also find the story appealing.-Tamara E. Richman, Somerset County Library System, Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Ella, the elegant but shy elephant, has a new challenge in this third entry in the successful series. This time her school is planning a talent show and all the little elephants have their acts planned-except Ella. She struggles to find her own special ability, unsuccessfully trying to play the drums, juggle or sing. Finally, Ella takes over the organization of the talent show, including providing refreshments, making backstage costume repairs and rescuing Lola the monkey. Ella is recognized on stage for her contributions, and in the satisfying conclusion, she realizes that she does indeed have her own valuable talent: organizational ability. The calm, confident tone of the text is a fine match for the whimsical illustrations that convey Ella's charmingly old-fashioned world on Elephant Island. Though the story has a nostalgic flavor, Ella's concerns are timeless. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439831529
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Ella the Elephant Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 382,605
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Lexile: AD650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2006

    Love The Ella Books!

    My daughter's name happens to be Ella so these books are special to our family. This is our second Ella book and it's great! I love the upbeat story that shows how you should be kind to your friends. I especially like how all the books seem to build on each other. In the first book, Belinda is not a kind friend. However, a friendship grows between the two little elephants by the end of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Great Book!

    I was not familiar with the ELLA series and picked this book up because I liked the cover. I was looking for a book to give to my niece for Christmas, but I'm going to give this book to my assistant instead since she always invaluably insures that the Show Goes On. I think this book would make a great gift to adults who work behind the scenes, as a token of appreciation. Considering it's written for children, it's probably a great book for kids, too!

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