Nell's Elf

Overview

Jane Cowen-Fletcher's cheerful tale about the delights of the imagination reminds us it doesn't take much to keep boredom at bay.

It's raining, it's pouring, and Nell is bored, bored, bored. She has no one to play with and nothing to do! But with the help of some crayons - and a vivid imagination - Nell conjures up the perfect friend to spice up a dull day.

In this fanciful tale full of old-fashioned storybook charm, Nell and her very own elf ...

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Overview

Jane Cowen-Fletcher's cheerful tale about the delights of the imagination reminds us it doesn't take much to keep boredom at bay.

It's raining, it's pouring, and Nell is bored, bored, bored. She has no one to play with and nothing to do! But with the help of some crayons - and a vivid imagination - Nell conjures up the perfect friend to spice up a dull day.

In this fanciful tale full of old-fashioned storybook charm, Nell and her very own elf beat the rainy-day blues by throwing an elf party, complete with fantastic magical guests, plenty of singing and dancing, and feasting on chocolate chips right out of the bag.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
It is raining and Nell is bored. How will she spend her day when she cannot go outside? She wishes for a sibling, a friend, or even a mouse to play with. With crayons and the landscape of imagination, Nell creates an elf who strolls out of a picture frame and into her living room. Nell and her friends throw a party, complete with singing, chocolate chips (straight out of the bag), and plenty of guests. In this magical tale that plays out lyrically on the page, young readers will see Jane Cowen-Fletcher's imaginative response to the childhood dilemma of being bored on a rainy day. With creativity and compassion, Cowen-Fletcher crafts a story that is destined to be a modern classic. The author of the best-selling Baby Angels and Farmer Will, Cowen-Fletcher has once again spun a magical spell upon readers of all ages. 2006, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 to 6.
—Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-A little girl's imagination allows her to overcome the boredom of a rainy day and bring her dreams to life. Nell wishes that she had someone to play with. She draws an elf who comes to life and says, "There is no excuse for being bored." He convinces her to create a party full of little elf friends and they sing and dance and eat chocolate chips. The beige and golden tones used in many of the colored pencil, pastel, and gouache illustrations give them the feeling of a time gone by. The red-and-white polk-dotted endpapers introduce a pattern that is carried throughout the book, from tables and toadstools to Nell's jacket and pointed elfin hats. Not a must-buy title, but a nice choice for quiet sharing with a child who loves to live in the imagination.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A rainy, dull day for this preschooler inspires imaginative play with her very own elf creation made from paper and crayons, complete with "pointy ears and fluffy hair" / wearing polka dots . . . and stars . . . and a rainbow . . . and curly-toed shoes . . . and a pointy hat with a feather!" "No feather!" roars her elf, as he comes to life and gives Nell an idea for a party. Grabbing chocolate chips and inviting more elf guests, creations artistically made with crayon and paper, the rainy day is filled with dancing, singing and chocolate-chip eating "right out of the bag!" Soft drawings reminiscent of earlier 20th-century artwork in pastels, colored pencil and gouache delineate this little girl's sweet innocence and self-assurance balanced against the bright, peppy imaginary friend she has invented to make a boring day fun and playful. Simply whimsical, yet completely plausible for little ones with fanciful thoughts. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763623913
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 3/14/2006
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,067,080
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

JANE COWEN-FLETCHER says, "When I was a child, there were many elves in my life, always just out of view. In the process of illustrating this book, I have lured them into view (with chocolate chips), and have finally had the elf party I've longed for all these years. I encourage every reader to pick up pencil or crayon and draw out the elves hiding inside of you. It may take a while for them to spring to life, but with all that drawing, I promise you will never, ever be bored!"
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