On a very, very windy day Elmer, the patchwork elephant, assures all the other animals and birds that nothing could ever blow him away.
Children's Literature - Melissa CaudillElmer, the lovable elephant, is up to his tricks again. This is the 10th in a series of Elmer stories. Elmer's colorful patchwork design makes him stand out from the other gray elephants. As he and Cousin Wilbur decide to trick the other elephants into believing they can't be blown away on a windy day, Elmer proves himself wrong. The others can't believe their eyes when they see Elmer's ears acting as sails and carrying him away. Elmer enjoys his day of flying and finally lands amidst the forest. Soon he is joined by his worried troupe of friends. This is a simple, yet funny story that keeps young children predicting what will happen next to Elmer.
School Library JournalK-Gr 2On a windy day in the jungle, fun-loving Elmer, the patchwork elephant, decides to trick his friends and pretend he is being blown away. The worried elephants form a chain, trunk to tail, to save him and laugh at themselves when they find out it's a joke. Bird, however, does not laugh, warning Elmer of the danger of a strong wind. The jovial character sets out once again to prove to Bird that elephants are too heavy to fly. To his surprise, the wind carries him off, with his ears acting as wings. Initially fearful, he begins to enjoy the flight and lands safely. Rejoining the others, he tells them about his experience. The effervescent elephant brings laughter and cheer to all around him in this fifth adventure. As in the others, his vibrant multicolored hide stands out among the lush pinks, warm oranges, and deep blues of the jungle. Each page is a feast of colors from the green windswept trees to the distinctively happy blue birds. The emotions of the elephants, ranging from worried to gleeful, are all portrayed beautifully in their eyes, mouths, and trunks. This pleasant story will not disappoint Elmer's fans.Anne Knickerbocker, formerly at Cedar Brook Elementary School, Houston, TX
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