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17 Kings And 42 Elephants

17 Kings And 42 Elephants

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by Margaret Mahy, Patricia MacCarthy (Illustrator)

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Where those kings are headed is a mystery, but no travelers ever had such a jolly time. Here is a royal romp through a tongue-twisting paradise.


Where those kings are headed is a mystery, but no travelers ever had such a jolly time. Here is a royal romp through a tongue-twisting paradise.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW enjoyed the ``rollicking language'' of Mahy's ``foot-stomping poem,'' in this fanciful jungle journey illustrated with glowing batik art. Ages 4-8. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2 In words both sensible and nonsensical, Mahy's entourage of kings and elephants makes its way through the jungle. Readers don't know where they came from or where they're going, but the journey is a joyous one. Before the procession disappears into the night, assorted jungle creatures respond to the songs and music of the travelers: ``Forty-two elephantsoh, what a lot of 'ums, /Big feet beating in the wet wood shade, /Proud and ponderous hippopotomums /Danced to the music that the marchers made.'' Painted on silk, the batik illustrations glow with the lush, clear colors of the fabric. Their visual patterns reflect the verbal patterns and the fun of the text. The hippopotomums are palpably ponderous, the flamingos gorgeously pink. Not since Preston and Parker's Pop Corn and Ma Goodness (Viking, 1969; o.p.) has there been such a marriage of happy, rhythmic language and illustrations. Go for it. Your small patrons will love it. Janet D. French, Centennial School Dist . Libs . , Warminster, Pa.

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Penguin Young Readers Group
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Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Margaret Mahy lives in New Zealand and is the author of more than two hundred books for children of all ages, two of which have received England's Carnegie Medal and others of which have garnered numerous citations from the American Library Association. In 2006 she received the Hans Christian Andersen award for her contributions to international children's literature.

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17 Kings and 42 Elephants 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I use it in my general music classes as a way to introduce children to improvisation. By allowing a couple of students to play an accompaniment on the xylophone and the rest make up their own fanfare on thier recorders when each page turns, the book comes alive to the kids! I would highly recommend this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVE this book! I first read it to my oldest daughter when she was two. She is now 18. When my youngest was born, I had lost our copy and it was out of print! I have now found it again. We love the rhymes and the lyrical, mystical quality of the story. Where are the kings from?? Where are they going?? Can we go too?? Please?? It is NOT a counting book, it is a song book with numbers in the title.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My son and I LOVE 17 Kings and 42 Elephants. The sing-songy words are terrific. We remember it to this day and it's been over a year, I'm so glad to have found it here. My son was only 2 1/2 and I'm sure he'll love it more now. I'd love to hear of other types of books, language is so much fun and this book helped my son discover that.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is neither interesting for my kids or for me. I thought it would make counting fun. But it doesn't. This book is quite dull.