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Monkey and Elephant Get Better
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Monkey and Elephant Get Better

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by Carole Lexa Schaefer, Galia Bernstein (Illustrator)

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When two friends who are not exactly alike come down with colds, figuring out what will make each other feel better can be a surprising endeavor!

Monkey and Elephant are very good friends who have a lot in common. They both like morning time. They both like shiny rocks. And they both like to hear their own voices: "TAH. TAH. TAH." But Monkey is Monkey


When two friends who are not exactly alike come down with colds, figuring out what will make each other feel better can be a surprising endeavor!

Monkey and Elephant are very good friends who have a lot in common. They both like morning time. They both like shiny rocks. And they both like to hear their own voices: "TAH. TAH. TAH." But Monkey is Monkey and Elephant is Elephant. They are not exactly the same. So when Elephant starts to sneeze — achoo! — Monkey has her own ideas of what will make him feel better. And when Monkey gets the sniffles, Elephant has his own ideas of what will make her feel better. Maybe there’s more than one way to enjoy a soft pile of hay, some fresh water, and a bit of entertainment!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Enid J. Portnoy
Children enjoy stories about animals, so why not have a story about animals that get sick, just like children do? Often a child who is feeling ill enjoys hearing about animals; here, they can hear about two animals, with the sniffles and sneezes! Elephant and Monkey copy off each other most of the time—and why not? They are friends. So what does one friend do when the other friend gets sick? He or she tries to make the sick one feel better. In this story, such an idea works very well. Of course, it helps to have such happy pictures provided by Bernstein, as well as unusual characters (including one very green elephant and one very purplish monkey as main characters. This pair would make anyone stop feeling sorry or sad and try to sing and dance around the room. The story might even encourage a child reader to try juggling two shiny rocks, just like Monkey does so well. Schaefer has written several books about Elephant and Monkey, and this is another such short and happy tales. Bernstein's jolly pictures in bold colors appear as in other books she has illustrated with Schaefer. The book is certainly a lovely surprise for any young reader to enjoy—with or without a cold! Reviewer: Enid J. Portnoy
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Elephant likes to parrot everything Monkey says until, "Achoo!" Monkey sneezes. Elephant sneezes-once, twice, three times, and suddenly he feels sick. Monkey takes care of him, with soft hay to rest on, fresh water to drink, and rock juggling to entertain him. No sooner than Elephant recoups, Monkey feels under the weather. Elephant takes care of her by bringing her hay and water to cool her forehead and playing trunk trumpet songs to amuse her. The simple, yet detailed digital illustrations and cool palette complement the mood and message of the text. This follow-up to Monkey and Elephant (Candlewick, 2012) contains endearing dialogue between the two characters. Their expressive faces, gestures, and words convey the interactions of true friends. Monkey and Elephant have distinct voices that would make this a great read-aloud. The story also has the appropriate pacing and length for youngsters transitioning to independent reading with books like Mo Willems's "Elephant and Piggie" series (Hyperion).—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa
Kirkus Reviews
A fine follow-up to Monkey and Elephant (2012) follows two friends in sickness and in health. Comprising three short chapters, the book opens with Monkey feeling a bit put out that her friend Elephant seems to be copying her in a case of elephant-see-elephant-do. This culminates in Elephant sneezing after Monkey does. "Elephant, are you still copying me?" she asks, the picture showing her looking askance in his direction. "No," the sickly looking pachyderm replies, "I don't feel so good." In the next chapter, Monkey rises to the occasion and takes care of her sick friend, a role he assumes when he recovers in the final chapter and must nurse the now-ill Monkey. Part of their caretaking includes entertaining each other in ways only they can: Monkey juggles rocks with not two, but four hands, and Elephant trumpets a song for her with his trunk. Their respective speedy recoveries then prompt them to practice their particular skills so they can "get better" at them just as they "got better" from their illnesses. Ultimately, the themes of individuality, health and friendship don't come together quite as seamlessly as one might hope, but the cheerful, cartoonish digital illustrations help to mitigate this narrative failing. A sweet story that delivers a healthy message about individuality and friendship to new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)

Product Details

Candlewick Press
Publication date:
Monkey and Elephant Series
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Carole Lexa Schaefer is the author of many acclaimed picture books for children, including Down in the Woods at Sleepytime, illustrated by Vanessa Cabban; The Bora-Bora Dress, illustrated by Catherine Stock; and Big Little Monkey, illustrated by Pierre Pratt. Carole Lexa Schaefer lives on Camano Island, in Washington State.

Galia Bernstein was born and raised in Israel and moved to New York in 1999 to study at Parsons the New School for Design. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Monkey and Elephant Get Better 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Its_Time_Mamaw More than 1 year ago
Monkey and Elephant Get Better Monkey and Elephant are best friends and like spending time together.  Monkey can juggle rocks so Elephant wanted to juggle rocks.  They both liked to make sounds because the liked to hear their voices.  But Monkey got defensive and asked Elephant to stop copying him.  Elephant was not even aware he was copying Monkey he was just playing. Monkey sneezed and then Elephant sneezed Monkey thought he was copying him again.  But then he realized Elephant was really sick. Monkey decided he would take care of Elephant.  But how could he take care of Elephant if he did not know what made an him feel better or how would Elephant take care of Monkey when he got sick?  They do things their own special way. This story will make a child aware that it is okay to be different and is even okay to have friends that like to do things different.   It is a way of learning new things or just enjoying others talents.  It is nice to have a caring friend, too.  The illustrations depicts the emotional feelings when the characters are playing and when they are sick by capturing their expressions.  Monkey and Elephant are just too cute!  I highly recommend this book. I rated this book a 5 out of 5. Disclosure:  I received a free book from Candlewick Press for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  This review is my honest opinion.