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Ella WHO?
     

Ella WHO?

by Linda Ashman, Sara Sanchez (Illustrator)
 
Mom . . . there’s an elephant in the living room. It’s moving day—and look who slipped in the door: an elephant! But when a little girl tries to tell her family about their unusual guest, the distracted grown-ups just say, “Ella WHO?” Even as children giggle at the girl’s adventures with the smallish

Overview

Mom . . . there’s an elephant in the living room. It’s moving day—and look who slipped in the door: an elephant! But when a little girl tries to tell her family about their unusual guest, the distracted grown-ups just say, “Ella WHO?” Even as children giggle at the girl’s adventures with the smallish pachyderm, and at the fun, recurring refrain, they’ll relate to the poignant theme about making—and sometimes letting go of—new friends.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
06/01/2017
PreS-Gr 2—This title highlights relationships as a "smallish" elephant comes into contact with a family just moving into a house next door to a wild animal sanctuary. In the confusion of the day, the distracted parents believe the tiny pachyderm, whose name is Ella, to be a new acquaintance of their little girl. Helpful Ella lends a trunk with baby Charles, unpacks, joins in a tea party, reads books, plays whiffle ball, and especially loves the pool. When officials come looking for a young elephant named Fiona, no one remembers seeing an elephant in the house, but the description—"Long ears, Big feet, Long proboscis…A tad wrinkly…Dislikes green beans"—fits the new friend to a tee. Digital cartoon art in soft pastels highlights the little girl and her shy and caring neighborhood buddy, while varied font emphasizes the text. Comparable in size, with expressive eyes, the little girl and elephant are a perfect companionable match. Humor abounds in the grown-ups' continual misunderstanding of Ella's last name, and the final pages give readers a host of ideas for naming future household visitors in this simple introduction to an unusual friendship. VERDICT A sweet and funny tale about making unlikely friends in familiar places. Great to share one-on-one or in a story program, and a suggested general purchase for all libraries.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX
Kirkus Reviews
2017-02-01
An elephant comes to play, but none of the adults realizes that anything is unusual.A little white girl has just moved into a new house. When a small elephant shows up, the girl tries to tell her mom, dad, and grandmother, but the distracted grown-ups believe she must be the girl next door and just keep repeating the titular phrase, "Ella WHO?" Although this is a one-joke story, the digital illustrations, softer in color and more delicate than many done in this medium, are amusing. When dad reaches for a wrench as he fixes the shower, the elephant quite naturally hands it to him with her trunk. The elephant reads a book that looks suspiciously like David McKee's Elmer. Finally, a black man wearing a uniform with the word "sanctuary" shows up, looking for an elephant. The adults he queries tell him they haven't seen one, but when the little girl reads the "missing" flier he leaves behind, she uses the facts to verify the elephant's identity. She calls Fiona by name, confirms that the elephant loves apples but dislikes green beans, and phones the man to pick up the elephant. Her family remains oblivious to the day's events. They are each busy in the living room as the little girl spots yet another animal in their front yard—a baboon, another escapee from the wild animal sanctuary down the street. A slim storyline is enhanced by the detailed illustrations and the absurd behavior of adults who need a lesson in listening. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781454919049
Publisher:
Sterling Children's Books
Publication date:
04/11/2017
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
735,876
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 10.88(h) x (d)
Age Range:
3 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Linda Ashman’s picture books have been included on the “best of the year” lists of The New York TimesParenting, and Child magazines, the New York Public Library, and many others. In addition to more than 30 children’s books, including Sterling’s Hey, Coach!, Over the River & Through the Wood, and The Twelve Days of Christmas in Colorado, she is the author of the self-published The Nuts & Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. She lives with her family in Chapel Hill, NC. Visit her online at lindaashman.com.   Sara Sanchez creates illustrations for children’s books (mostly published in Spain) in her art studio in Madrid with the radio playing in the background and her pet rabbit sleeping near her feet. See more of her work at sanchezsara.blogspot.com.es.

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