Little Elephant's Trunk


Little Elephant is taking his first wobbly steps when his trunk trips him up. What is this strange thing for? He watches other African animals as they eat, drink, keep cool, and wallow in mud. But he wonders, how do elephants do these things?

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Little Elephant is taking his first wobbly steps when his trunk trips him up. What is this strange thing for? He watches other African animals as they eat, drink, keep cool, and wallow in mud. But he wonders, how do elephants do these things?

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ilene S. Goldman
As children learn about animals, they will inevitably ask questions like "Why do tigers have stripes?," "Why do cats say meow but dogs say arf-arf,?" and "Why do elephants have trunks?" These are the fun, yet admittedly impossible, questions of toddler-hood. Parents will thank Hazel Lincoln for her sweet, thoughtful response to reasons for the elephant's trunk. Told from the point of view of Little Elephant as he learns all of the wonderful things his trunk can do, this book not only answers our questions, but educates us beyond what we might guess or make up for our little ones. The naturalistic illustrations add to the warmth of the story with soft colors, additional animals to talk about, and some frivolity. This will be a fun read aloud for storytime, with young children imitating Little Elephant as he learns to appreciate the distinct usefulness of his trunk.
School Library Journal
PreS-K-It's springtime on the savannah, and there are new babies all around the land. Little Elephant has just discovered his trunk and watches the adults to see what to do with it. He then mimics their behavior and thoroughly enjoys drinking, showering himself, and snorkeling. Lincoln has created a simple tale that will be readily welcomed at storytimes. The illustrations are created in soothing pastel tones, and the protagonist's face is full of character and expression. Lincoln's charming drawings bring life to the African plain. Children will enjoy listening to this story and will identify with Little Elephant's delight in his newfound talents.-Susan E. Murray, Glendale Public Library, AZ Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A delightful tale about animal adaptations, being comfortable in the skin you're in and learning how your body works. When Little Elephant takes his first steps, he trips on something long and gray. Seeing himself for the first time in the river, he's puzzled by the strange thing dangling from the middle of his face. Throughout his first day he's met by many challenges-how to get a drink, stay cool, eat leaves, swim across the river and keep from getting separated from the herd. He watches other African savanna animals easily accomplish these tasks in their own ways, but it is by watching the bigger elephants that Little Elephant learns that he can use his trunk for all of these things. Lincoln's illustrations are rich in both color and realism, accurately portraying each animal in a myriad of different poses. An especially great resource for diverse classrooms that include special-needs children. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807545911
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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  • Posted May 8, 2010

    Very cute!

    My daughter purchased this with her "gift card". She LOVES everything elephants and owns most elephant books, and this was a very cute story. She's in first grade and with very little help can read this on her own.

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