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Elmer
     

Elmer

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by David McKee
 

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Perfect for sharing together in a classroom, nursery or library, the original classic Elmer is now available as a big book, with notes for grown-ups at the back, created by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).

Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. This colourful

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Perfect for sharing together in a classroom, nursery or library, the original classic Elmer is now available as a big book, with notes for grown-ups at the back, created by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).

Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. This colourful picture book is known to millions and it's subtle message – that it is OK to be different – has made this first tale about everyone's favourite patchwork elephant a classic must-read for every bookshelf.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Elmer the elephant is a colorful character. His heady optimism and unbridled sense of humor keep the entire community in a cheery mood. And Elmer's unusual multicolored checkerboard hide is the wonder of all the other elephants, who are characteristically gray. In spite of his sunny disposition, Elmer begins to feel conspicuous. He starts to believe the others are laughing at him because of his crazy patchwork coat. When Elmer discovers a bush in the jungle with elephant-colored berries, he shakes the bush and rolls in a berry mash until he is as gray as the others. Now no one seems to notice him; for a time he enjoys his anonymity, but after a while he begins to realize just how quiet and dull things are when he's not around. Finally the practical joker in Elmer emerges, and he soon has the whole gang laughing again. McKee's gentle humor and love of irony are in full force in this celebration of individuality and laughter. Well-designed spreads are washed with stunning color and the use of textured, painted and airbrushed surfaces contributes to the powerful visual impression. Ages 4-7. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781783444250
Publisher:
Random House UK
Publication date:
09/27/2016
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
92,992
Product dimensions:
14.36(w) x 16.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

David McKee's first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and several of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.

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Elmer 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
LareHer More than 1 year ago
It is a great book... great story...great way to help kids learn about differences... learn to respect diversity... can be used even when working with accepting special needs...
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I teach elementary education majors at a university. I use this book when we are connecting art projects to children's literature. There are so many possibilities! I also use this book as an example of how books can teach concepts to children. Children learn to enjoy being themselves, rather than try to be like others. Children love Elmer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING! From the moment I first read it, I knew I had to read it to my classes. The message is simple and basic - even for junior high kids! I read up to the part where it describes Elmer (and I don't show them the cover either) then ask them to color an outline of an elephant to show their own uniqueness. When they're finished, I read the whole book to them and then we hang up our elephants and have our own "Elmer's Day Parade" all year long!
Coolclass More than 1 year ago
Poor little Elmer will do anything to fit in with the herd. Elmer's elephant friends love his designs and humor but he does not. He tried to be clever and fit in. Will he regret his decision?
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ChurchladyGL More than 1 year ago
A classic children's book, Elmer is the tale of someone who is different and discovers that everyone likes him that way. Being himself is the best thing he can be. This is a great story which can be read or told again and again.
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Momof2IL More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old son loved this book. It is a great learning tool that is fun for him. With the variey of colors and animals in this book, we can spend up to 20-30 minutes with just this book.
BelleKR More than 1 year ago
I first bought "Elmer," by David McKee 2 years ago, when my granddaughter was two years old. I am in Barnes and Noble quite often, but had never seen the book before. The brightly colored patchwork squares caught my eye, and I ended up with stuffed Elmer as well.

It is a story of a jokester elephant who is concerned because he does not look like everyone else, so goes off by himself to do some thinking. While he was away in the forest, he rolled in some berries that turned his skin gray. Later, when Elmer returned to the herd, they did not know who he was, but he overheard them say that they missed him and the way he made them laugh every day.

When it began to rain on the evening of his return, Elmer's patchwork colors began to show through as the gray dye of the berries wore off. His friends were so happy to have him back, and he realized that he did not have to look like everyone else to make his place in the herd.

When I asked my granddaughter what she thought of the book, she said that she thought Elmer was beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was read to Brownie Girl Scout troop for a program on friendship and accepting differences. The girls enjoyed the story and the discussion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that 'Elmer' is a fantastic book to teach young children about diversity amoung groups. Elmer is different from his family and friends yet overcomes ridicule to become a strong figure in his culture. GREAT TO TEACH AND ENTERTAIN!!!