Mammoth and Me

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When a BIG (but oh-so-cuddly) mammoth knocks on the door of one small boy, it's the beginning of a beautiful--and funny--friendship. Though the boy loves his new pet immediately, the mammoth is just too huge for his home, the park, and the town. But the friendly creature will soon prove to everyone that he is about to become the town's hero. A heartwarming and gentle tale of learning to be friends no matter ...
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Overview

When a BIG (but oh-so-cuddly) mammoth knocks on the door of one small boy, it's the beginning of a beautiful--and funny--friendship. Though the boy loves his new pet immediately, the mammoth is just too huge for his home, the park, and the town. But the friendly creature will soon prove to everyone that he is about to become the town's hero. A heartwarming and gentle tale of learning to be friends no matter what differences there may be.
 
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-K—Hall's blue mammoth is "as big as the biggest truck and hairier than a yak." Sleeping for thousands of years has made him hungry—and lonely for a friend. He finds a boy who wants to help, but because of Mammoth's size, problems occur whenever the child tries to feed or entertain him. He worries that his new friend will have to leave after Mammoth's upset stomach causes an accident "all over a car," but the townsfolks' perception of the huge animal changes when he rescues a group of children after their bus breaks down. The youngsters thank him with hugs and pats and the boy's father, who once insisted "that mammoth can't stay here," welcomes him back with a suitable home. The plot is predictable and lackluster, but Hall's endearing illustrations, rendered in watercolors, pencil, and graphite stick, of a wistful and engaging creature trying to find his place in a new community will appeal to children. Pair this story with Neal Layton's Hot Hot Hot (Candlewick, 2004) for a prehistoric-themed storytime.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Kirkus Reviews
Can a boy find a place for his new best friend, a misfit mammoth? One night, there's a knock at the door, and the little narrator, very small in striped pajamas, opens it to find… Mammoth! Mammoth is baby blue with pink inner ears and "as big as the biggest truck and hairier than a yak." Also, he looks hungry; the boy feeds him fish sticks and peas right from the freezer (Mammoth is too big to fit through the door). Things go downhill from there. While taking a nap in the garden, the mammoth flattens Dad's shed; at the park he crushes the swing; and he empties the swimming pool with a single dive. He even has an "accident" all over a car; the driver declares, "This town is no place for a mammoth!" What to do? Just when things seem hopeless, the boy sees a broken-down bus in the distance, full of stranded children and a distraught driver. Mammoth has a great idea; he carries everyone home. Now everyone wants to be his friend. And Dad says Mammoth can live with them after all. Hall's prose captures the wide-eyed simplicity of the very young, and his illustrations, using watercolor paints, pencil, and graphite stick, seem both warmed and washed with whimsy. A simple, engaging tale, with a subtle lesson. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907967221
  • Publisher: Boxer Books
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,492,147
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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