When Elephant Goes to a Party

When Elephant Goes to a Party

by Sonia Levitin, Jeff Seaver

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Somehow the rules of behavior when invited to a birthday party are easier to learn when they are applied to your friend, an elephant. The obvious becomes ridiculous as you help Elephant decide what is appropriate to wear, what kind of a gift to bring, and how to get ready, from trimming toenails to braiding flowers into her hair. At the party, reminders about proper conversation and behavior, such as waiting her turn are appropriate, even as to how to ask to and then use the bathroom. "She need not take a bath..." After eating some, not all, of the cake and ice cream and watching the present-opening, Elephant is reminded how to leave politely. Seaver's textured, computer-manipulated colored drawings balance the absurd with the possibly real in a humorous, not slapstick manner. Elephant rarely seems out of place, delicate but still large. Vignettes and double-page scenes keep the visual tale moving slyly along, still reinforcing the proper party behavior. Elephants drowning in balloons enrich the endpapers. A page of "Fun Elephant Facts" seems out of place in this all-too-human story. 2001, Rising Moon, $15.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this humorous book about manners, a little girl telephones her hostess, asking if she may bring a friend (who happens to be a sizable gray elephant) to the birthday party. Having received gracious permission to attend, Elephant gives careful consideration to her outfit and the correct gift to bring. The animal's friend advises her to be sure to bathe and brush her tusks beforehand. Once at the party, Elephant is reminded to speak politely to the other guests, to refrain from climbing on the furniture, and be sure to wait her turn during any games. She should never snoop in closets and eat only her share of the cake and ice cream-all behaviors that characterize a good guest. The absurdity of the situation, the deadpan humor, and the large illustrations combine to make this a great read-aloud for groups. In an imaginative format, witty computerized pen-and-colored-pencil pictures show a goggle-eyed elephant with a pink bow between her ears as she experiences the party events in the lively company of sharp-nosed, cartoon fellow guests.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Jeff Seaver illustrates When Elephant Goes To A Party, an intriguing picturebook story which invites young readers to take an interactive role in deciding what kind of gift Elephant should bring to a birthday party, and how to be a good guest. Parents will find When Elephant Goes To A Party a delightful choice for reading with kids: it's fun and packed with gentle reminders to kids on how to prepare for a social event.
Kirkus Reviews
Party-going manners are taught through the agency of an elephant invited along for the fun. "When you take Elephant to a party, it helps to be prepared. First ask if you may bring a guest." So starts this do's and don'ts of proper birthday-party etiquette. Each page provides a little tidbit of advice: dress properly for the occasion; bring a gift "the birthday person might like"; don't be shy but don't be brash; if the chair you are sitting on happens to implode-as will happen to elephants now and then-don't be embarrassed but do help clean up; don't snoop; don't gorge; do say thanks. All solid counsel, told in mock seriousness, even if it does come at the reader mercilessly: should this, mustn't that, may this, cannot that. Seaver, in his first picture book, lightens the proceedings appreciably with his pen-and-pencil illustrations, which feature doll-like cartoon kids along with the cockamamie elephant, all bug-eyed, with a wrinkled trunk and a pink bow in her hair. For any kid who has felt as clumsy as an ox at a party, this elephant will be sweet sympathy. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Northland Publishing AZ
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Product dimensions:
9.37(w) x 10.77(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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