I've Got an Elephant

I've Got an Elephant

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by Anne Ginkel, Janie Bynum

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Owning an elephant is terrific, but what happens when he gets lonely and invites a friend over? Every time a busy little girl goes out to school or to the movies or to the mall her elephant friends get lonely. They invite another elephant over and then they all join her in fun activities, from swimming in the local pool to dancing in her ballet class! As the number


Owning an elephant is terrific, but what happens when he gets lonely and invites a friend over? Every time a busy little girl goes out to school or to the movies or to the mall her elephant friends get lonely. They invite another elephant over and then they all join her in fun activities, from swimming in the local pool to dancing in her ballet class! As the number of elephants increases, so do their antics. Finally, the resourceful heroine finds her companions a new home where she can visit them...and make a few new friends too.

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Publishers Weekly
The towheaded narrator of this rhyming counting tale announces, "Though other kids have teddy bears to cuddle up tight,/ I've got an elephant to hug me every night." There's just one catch: elephants-at least as comically envisioned here-are social animals in the extreme. When the girl goes off to school, her elephant "gets lonely and then/ He goes out and brings home an elephant friend." And one elephant friend isn't enough-every time the girl leaves home, the remaining elephants recruit a new pachyderm to share in the joys of domesticity. The situation is not without its advantages: with eight elephants in the house, everyone can "gather round the table for a royal English tea,/ Sipping from their teacups and having fun with me." But when the elephant population grows to 10, the girl wisely decides to relocate them to the zoo. Debuting author (and former children's bookstore owner) Ginkel keeps her rhymes simple and catchy, while Bynum (Altoona Baboona) uses chipper watercolors to dress up the pachyderms in silly outfits (including Superman pajamas and tutus) and place them in unlikely situations (sledding, going to scary movies). Preschoolers will likely enjoy the accumulation of affectionate elephants, the improbability of their behavior and the self-assurance of the plucky narrator. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Quinby Frank
Elephants are the subject of choice in this cheerful counting book. It is an inspired choice since elephants are big and easy to count—especially when this is read aloud to a group. No cuddly teddy bears for the young lady in this picture book! She prefers snuggling up with an elephant when she goes to bed. When she leaves for school and her many other activities, her elephant gets lonely and brings in more and more elephants to keep him company. Be it swimming, shopping, fishing, ballet, or even a tea party, the elephants enthusiastically join in the fun. When ten elephants finally prove too much for even this intrepid heroine, they all depart for the zoo. Not to worry. There's a clear hint of multiplying monkeys in her future. Whimsical illustrations enliven the text in bright, eye-catching pastels. Children will enjoy the humorous details—a rejected teddy bear under the bed, tennis shoes too small for elephant feet, an elephant clad in Superman pajamas, etc. There is a nice sequence from one activity to the next, making it easy to predict what is coming, and the growing elephantine chaos will surely appeal. Some of the elephants have distinguishing characteristics. One wears glasses—even in the swimming pool. With its humorous ending and well-integrated text and pictures, this book is a delight.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 1-"I've got an elephant-" the rhyme begins. "But when I go to school, he gets lonely and then-He goes out and brings home an elephant friend." This sets the pattern for a busy little girl and her loyal pachyderms who fight loneliness after each successive activity by simply adding another friend to their growing numbers. Soon the house is filled with them engaging in tail-to-trunk carefree play. Soothing cartoon pastels frame elephant antics on the way to school, shopping, swimming, in tutus and tights, at the movies, fishing, or at tea. Each frame captures the joie de vivre of the activity or the devastation of being left behind. New additions to the group provide the opportunity to watch for details-elephants unsure of their dance steps, forcing huge feet into the girl's tiny new shoes, and intently watching their lures while fishing. What to do with so many elephants? The heroine cries "ENOUGH!" and finds a perfect solution as she once again begins counting with a new friend. An entertaining addition to collections of counting tales.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
An elephant is as good as a teddy bear, maybe even better-especially if he wears Superman pajamas. The problem is that this elephant gets lonely when the girl leaves for school. Then, he "goes out and brings home an elephant friend." The elephant's sociable behavior continues over time as the seasons pass and the girl takes part in various activities. Elephants join her as she goes shopping, takes a swim, has a ballet lesson, goes to the movies, plays dress up, hosts a tea party, goes sledding and takes a bath. By the time there are nine of them hanging around, the girl has had enough! The elephants are bussed off to the zoo. But when she goes to visit them and give them some snacks-perhaps a questionable choice as popcorn and pizza are not necessarily appropriate food for zoo animals-she gets lonely and makes a new friend. A sequel with monkeys may be on the way. Crisp, rhyming text and warm, appealing illustrations will make this counting book a favorite with the very young. (Picture book. 2-4)

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Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
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8.80(w) x 10.60(h) x 0.20(d)
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4 - 8 Years

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I've Got an Elephant 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
YoungMensanBookParade More than 1 year ago
This funny book is about a little girl and her naughty elephant friend who keeps asking more and more elephant friends to come over and play. The story rhymes, there is counting, and the pictures are really really funny. As I turn the page the pictures get funnier and funnier until I giggle out loud. I think other kids will enjoy this book because it has great illustrations and is really silly. The pictures help explain the story, are fun and colorful. Other kids will enjoy the book because the words rhyme, the illustrations are really good, and the story keeps getting sillier with more elephants. This is a good book. Other kids should be aware that the story tricks you into counting elephants. The very end of the book is my favorite part because the elephants got to go back to their home at the zoo and be with their friends - the kangaroos and crocodiles. And then the little girl got to meet new monkey friends, which looked like fun too. The book is special because the little girl gets to do things with the elephants and then when she goes on her own, the elephants are sneaky and invite another friend to join in the fun. I rate this book a 4. I liked it, but it tricks you into counting. Charlotte P., age 4, Denver Mensa