No Matter What

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A mama elephant knows her baby and all of his moods. 'Sometimes you're happy. Sometimes you're sad. Sometimes you're good. Sometimes you're bad.'

But no matter what, one special little elephant will always know his mother's love. The love shines on the foil-splashed, padded cover and all the way through this color-saturated book.

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Overview

A mama elephant knows her baby and all of his moods. 'Sometimes you're happy. Sometimes you're sad. Sometimes you're good. Sometimes you're bad.'

But no matter what, one special little elephant will always know his mother's love. The love shines on the foil-splashed, padded cover and all the way through this color-saturated book.

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Publishers Weekly

A child's adoration of a parent, a parent's unshakeable affection for his or her child: these timeless themes are the subjects of Dodd's (the Amazing Baby board books) made-for-snuggling, square-format series. The text is mediocre, as in this passage from No Matter What: "Sometimes you're happy./ Sometimes you're sad./ Sometimes you're good./ Sometimes you're bad.../ But no matter what you say or do, it makes no difference.../ I love you!" Instead, young children (and parents) will find pleasure in the large-scale art. Most of the fun and the cozy feelings these books promote come from watching the animal characters frolic or cuddle in occasionally forbidding habitats-Just Like Youstars a bear and cub in a northern wilderness, while No Matter Whatvisits an elephant and baby in the sun-baked savanna. The animals (and they are not gender-specific) have an endearing streamlined chunkiness that brings to mind tub toys, and Dodd deftly conjures up the disparate landscapes with minimal detailing and evocative texturing. She's especially good at conveying the beauty and expanse of African grasslands-a scene of rain falling in thin gray stripes looks almost like a Japanese textile; in another spread, the sky looms so near that the sun practically touches the horizon. These are worth a close look. Ages 1-up. (Mar.)

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Children's Literature - Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
A short and sweet poem telling of a mother's love for her baby elephant, ending with, "No matter what you say or do, it makes no difference, I love you" (unnumbered pages). Each two-page spread depicts Baby Elephant, closely matching the words on the page with simply colored line drawings. The cartoon-like quality of the drawings is enhanced by the muted colors occasionally complemented by bright yellow butterflies or pink flamingos. For young preschool children, just becoming familiar with books, this has many positive features: short sentences or phrases on each page, matching text and pictures, simple rhyming, and a strong connection between the baby and his mother, shown in both the text and the illustrations. Just enough here to hold the attention of the two- or three-year-old, but also perfect for the four- or five-year-old who is memorizing simple stories to "read" on his/her own. Reviewer: Wendy M. Smith-D'Arezzo
School Library Journal

PreS- In this slight, simple picture book, a mother elephant assures her youngster: "Sometimes you're happy./Sometimes you're sad./...But no matter what you say or do,/it makes no difference.../I love you!" Each phrase is supported by a stylized African landscape in muted colors, but with bright touches-the red morning sun, a wide river, a yellow butterfly, a moonlit night. The young elephant is simply rendered, too, and quite charming. The art, and the padded cover with metallic accents, is appealing, and the comforting text is perfect for toddlers.-Linda Staskus, Parma Regional Library, OH

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525479321
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/27/2008
  • Series: Templar Bks.
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 3 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Emma Dodd lives in London, England.

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