People say that you're not supposed to play with your food. But one adventurous elephant never got the message. This charming children's story by award-winning author, Sherry Ellis, won't just entertain kids with its hilarious descriptions and zany main character. It will also educate them about the alphabet and help them learn the order of letters. As the elephant works his way through foodstuffs, each new dish features a new letter of the alphabet. From animal crackers to zebra cakes, the elephant is enthusiastic to gobble everything up, even when it lands him in hot water!
|File size:||4 MB|
|Age Range:||5 - 11 Years|
About the Author
Sherry Ellis is the award-winning author of Ten Zany Birds, That Baby Woke Me Up, Again! That Mama is a Grouch, and Don't Feed the Elephant. She is a professional musician who plays and teaches violin, viola, and piano. She resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite The title is the first plus point dreamed up by Sherry Ellis. Which child, even a normally obedient youngster, could resist being told Don’t Feed the Elephant? I could almost hear the instant question – why not? Very probably with the addition of “the elephant must be hungry”. Well, this elephant’s favourite food list begins with Animal Crackers, Brownies – chocolate, obviously – and Cotton Candy, and he’s not a polite elephant, so it’s you who ends in “an icky sticky mess”. In fact, the elephant likes food beginning with every letter of the alphabet, and he behaves very badly with them all if you fail to tell him “No!” From those Animal Crackers, not forgetting the footballs – sorry, meatballs – to Zebra Cake, the elephant causes trouble. Wouldn’t you like to know what else he does? Don’t Feed the Elephant by Sherry Ellis is a picture book beautifully illustrated by Md. Anwar in bright pastel shades with a recognizable figure of a boy being asked by the unlikely but unmistakable and colorful elephant for snacks. The other animals included are lifelike. It is written for five and six-year-olds and its appeal to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children is obvious. Read often – likely because it’s sure to be a favorite book – it would teach them the alphabet and the spelling of many simple, everyday words. It even has an innovative term to represent “X” – xigua melons (watermelons) – the most unusual but easily explained word I’ve seen in an alphabet-based book. A great gift with a special page for “to” and “from”.
What a clever idea--to warn children, if they just so happen to meet up with an elephant, not to feed him certain snacks. On top of that, the foods suggested are in alphabetical order, too, so that children can learn their letters--animal crackers, brownies and a bag of cotton candy, and so on to Z, zebra cakes. Children get the visuals in this vibrantly colored and illustrated book of the consequences of feeding an elephant these unique foods, and will, most likely, giggle and laugh. This is a great light-hearted, read-aloud book that might make kids think twice about playing with their food, like this zany elephant. Sometimes it's hard to find a funny children's book, so parents, look no further!