Laura Charlotteby Kathryn O. Galbraith, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator)
Warm, gentle humor and glowing illustrations bring to life the intergenerational story of a little gray flannel elephant and the two little girls who, separated by time, loved it.
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This book was my absolute favorite book as a child! I'm studying to be an elementary school teacher now, and I am definitely going to include this book in my classroom library!
My daughter found this in her school library when she was 5. She didn't want to give it back and keeps checking it out. She is now 6. She thinks the school has forgetton she has it and wants to keep it. The ethics here may be at question but I think it endorses the book. If your child has a special stuffed animal and they love hearing about your life they will absolutely love this book - hopfully not enough to steal it but that is another story.
My daughter has chosen this title enough times from the library that I am finally buying it for her (us) for Christmas. One of the critic reviews mentioned that there was some confusion about the four generations of women, but I disagree. The great-grandma makes and sends the elephant for her granddaughter's birthday. The grandmother makes her daughter's birthday cake and mends the elephant when she loses an ear. The mother tells the story, her story, to her daughter, who now owns the elephant. Okay, maybe I've made it confusing, but at the end of the book there is a picture of the four woman and my three year old can decipher who is who. I get goose-bumps everytime I read it with my daughter who could recite its detailed paragraphs after a few readings at the age of three. The story and pictures are breathtaking. A great book that will encourage the female family bond and the passing down of our own stories and heirlooms.