Elmer and the Rainbow

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Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has been a favorite of children around the world since the first book debuted in 1989. Elmer is sad when he discovers that the rainbow has lost its colors.  He wants to help, but what will happen if he gives the rainbow his own colors?  Will he lose them forever?

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Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has been a favorite of children around the world since the first book debuted in 1989. Elmer is sad when he discovers that the rainbow has lost its colors.  He wants to help, but what will happen if he gives the rainbow his own colors?  Will he lose them forever?

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Publishers Weekly
Patchwork elephant Elmer is back and concerned about a pale "rainbow without colors." Planning to donate his own colors, Elmer seeks out the rainbow's end, along with several jungle animals that wonder what will happen to Elmer's colors if he gives them away. Elmer succeeds in giving the rainbow a boost of color, and happily his trademark checkerboard hide remains intact. The message—"Some things you can give and give and not lose any. Things like happiness or love or my colors"—lands with a bit of a thud, but ensures that Elmer will continue to brighten his friends' lives. Ages 4–9. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Elmer tries to cheer up his friends during a thunderstorm by telling them that when the storm is over they might see a rainbow. One friend, a bird, didn't understand what was wrong. A pale colorless rainbow appeared and the bird thought perhaps it had come out too soon. Where were its colors? Elmer, always to the rescue, offers his patchwork colors to the faded path that used to show red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. Sounds like a simple solution to the problem. Now the animals must find either end of the rainbow to deliver the colors. Maybe a leprechaun could search for the pot of gold and help them to restore the seven colors to the rainbow? Another problem! Can Elmer share his emblems without losing his patchwork colors? After getting advice from every animal in sight, the fish wisely sends Elmer to a waterfall. Tiger brings up another question: would the rainbow then be in patchwork? David McKee has created a jungle with textures that look like a quilt. Other Elmer books are Elmer, Elmer and the Rose, Elmer and the Hippos and Elmer's Special Day. All five of them are a riot of color that lends themselves to intense study by young readers. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761374107
  • Publisher: Andersen Press USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 479,418
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Lexile: AD400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David McKee's first book was published in 1964. His books—including Elmer and Rose, Elmer's Special Day, and Elmer and the Hippos—are published in numerous languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. He divides his time between London and the south of France.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

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    Another wonderful Elmer book

    Sheets of rain and lightning could be seen from inside a cave where Elmer, the "patchwork elephant," and his friends were hiding out waiting for the storm to pass. Elmer loved storms because, as he claimed, "we might see a rainbow." When everything quieted down Elmer and the birds ambled though the jungle looking for the rainbow, but plop, plop, plop . there were still a few drops coming down. One of the birds thought the rainbow was crying because "It's come out too soon and lost its colors." It was impossible to imagine a rainbow without its beautiful colors, but there it was high in the sky over the jungle looking very pale indeed. Elmer raised himself up on his rear feet as the birds flew under the funny looking rainbow. He knew there was only one thing to do and that was to give the rainbow his colors. One of the birds claimed that in order to do that "you'll have to find where it touches the ground." Naturally finding where it touched the ground would be very difficult because no one had ever found where it did. Elmer started his search and the animals of the jungle wanted to know what he was looking for. The lion, the tiger, and the bunnies looked at him in amazement when he said, "The rainbow's lost its colors. I can give it mine, if we can find the end." The search was on, but if Elmer gave his colors up to the rainbow would he lose his? Elmer, the endearing patchwork elephant, will charm everyone as he searches for the end of the rainbow. Anyone who has ever met Elmer before will recognize him immediately, but those who haven't will quickly get to know and love this colorful patchwork pachyderm. Children will also learn many lessons from Elmer including the value of friendship, cooperation, generosity, and happiness. The spritely, colorful artwork is uniquely "Elmer" and is quite appealing. This is a perfect story to read and discuss in circle or story time in the homeschool or classroom setting. Quill says: If you've never met Elmer, it's high time you did. Perhaps you just might find him at the end of that rainbow!

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