by David McKee


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Perfect for sharing together in a classroom, nursery or library, the original classic Elmer is now available as a big book, with notes for grown-ups at the back, created by the CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).

Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. This colourful picture book is known to millions and it's subtle message – that it is OK to be different – has made this first tale about everyone's favourite patchwork elephant a classic must-read for every bookshelf.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783444250
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 09/27/2016
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 80,740
Product dimensions: 14.36(w) x 16.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

David McKee's first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and several of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.

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Elmer 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
t1bclasslibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elmer is patchwork instead of gray. He¿s the most popular elephant, but he isn¿t happy being different so he paints himself gray. When he returns to the others, they all look bored, so he starts playing his jokes again as the paint washes away. The love it and make a special day where they paint themselves in his honor.
humouress on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another children's book that has been my 2 year old's favourite for several nights.Elmer is a multicoloured patchwork elephant in a herd of ordinary elephants. One day, Elmer wonders if life would be different if he looked like an ordinary elephant, so he sets off to find out.This is a joyful book, with lots of word and colour repetition, and the illustrations are nice, too.Somehow, though, in a book full of elephants, we seem to favour the page with the lion ...
szierdt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Elmer is a quarky, unique elephant who brings life to his community. This book explores why its important to embrace what sets you apart and how boring life would be if everyone were the same. Also, great book for teaching colors. One lesson could be to patchwork (glue color squares) onto a paper Elmer to develop fine motor skills and tactile learning of colors and shapes.
jaykay2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:Elmer is an elephant who is a patchwork elephant and is many different colors. He is funny and all the other elephants always laugh at his jokes. Elmer is not happy though. He thinks the other elephants make fun of him and laugh at him. So one day, he goes on a mission and covers himself in berry juice and is a regular grey elephant. He goes back and no one recognizes him. Everyone is really quiet and serious all the time. One day, Elmer yells "BOOO" and everyone jumps. Then it rains and the juice comes off of Elmer . Elmer gets his own holiday and everyone loved the joke he played. On his holiday, he dresses like a regular elephant and everyone else makes their own designs and colors to wear. Personal Reaction:I enjoyed this book a lot. It shows young kids that they should embrace their differences and talents and not look at them as flaws. Everyone is different and no one is better than someone else for being different. Extension Ideas:I would have the children draw themselves in an Elmer suit. I woud have my students add different colors of tissue paper to a plain elephant and make their own version of Elmer.
Khp24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book to express how important it is to be you. Everyone is different in ways and it is okay but you are able to learn from one another and not all be the same because then it wouldnt be as fun and enjoyable in life if we were all the same. Elmer tries to be like everyone else instead of himself but finds out at the end he likes being different from others.
mayalanda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great classic story with beautiful illustrations and a wonderful message.
lpeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book about an elephant named Elmer who is different from the others. He is different colors. So one day he deiced to paint himseld grey but then the other elephants paint themselves all different colors. Then it rains and Elmer realizes they his friends like him for just the way he is. I loved this book becuase so many kids want to poke fun at someone just for being different. This shows you that you should be yourself and not change. I could read this book just about everyday to my class!!! Kids need to be reminded daily of it's ok to be different. Great book to use during character education.
sjordet on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Elmer" is a fun story about a patchwork elephant named Elmer who provides the rest of the elephant herd with jokes and ideas for games. Tired of being different from all the ordinary colored elephants, Elmer goes into the jungle to rub elephant colored berries on his skin. When Elmer returns to the herd, he notices that all the elephants are "still, silent, and serious." No one recognizes him. Unable to stand the silence any longer, Elmer makes a loud noise and scares all the other elephants. Then, it begins to rain and Elmer is washed back to his normal patchwork self. All the other elephants are stunned and declare that they will have a parade every year in Elmer's honor where Elmer will paint himself ordinary elephant color and the other elephants will paint themselves like Elmer.I used "Elmer" to teach a group of first graders about the value of being unique. I also tied in how everyone has special talents that they can share. "Elmer" has a really nice message and Elmer's humor makes the story enjoyable for young children.
LareHer More than 1 year ago
It is a great book... great story...great way to help kids learn about differences... learn to respect diversity... can be used even when working with accepting special needs...
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I teach elementary education majors at a university. I use this book when we are connecting art projects to children's literature. There are so many possibilities! I also use this book as an example of how books can teach concepts to children. Children learn to enjoy being themselves, rather than try to be like others. Children love Elmer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING! From the moment I first read it, I knew I had to read it to my classes. The message is simple and basic - even for junior high kids! I read up to the part where it describes Elmer (and I don't show them the cover either) then ask them to color an outline of an elephant to show their own uniqueness. When they're finished, I read the whole book to them and then we hang up our elephants and have our own "Elmer's Day Parade" all year long!
Coolclass More than 1 year ago
Poor little Elmer will do anything to fit in with the herd. Elmer's elephant friends love his designs and humor but he does not. He tried to be clever and fit in. Will he regret his decision?
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ChurchladyGL More than 1 year ago
A classic children's book, Elmer is the tale of someone who is different and discovers that everyone likes him that way. Being himself is the best thing he can be. This is a great story which can be read or told again and again.
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Momof2IL More than 1 year ago
My 3 year old son loved this book. It is a great learning tool that is fun for him. With the variey of colors and animals in this book, we can spend up to 20-30 minutes with just this book.
BelleKR More than 1 year ago
I first bought "Elmer," by David McKee 2 years ago, when my granddaughter was two years old. I am in Barnes and Noble quite often, but had never seen the book before. The brightly colored patchwork squares caught my eye, and I ended up with stuffed Elmer as well.

It is a story of a jokester elephant who is concerned because he does not look like everyone else, so goes off by himself to do some thinking. While he was away in the forest, he rolled in some berries that turned his skin gray. Later, when Elmer returned to the herd, they did not know who he was, but he overheard them say that they missed him and the way he made them laugh every day.

When it began to rain on the evening of his return, Elmer's patchwork colors began to show through as the gray dye of the berries wore off. His friends were so happy to have him back, and he realized that he did not have to look like everyone else to make his place in the herd.

When I asked my granddaughter what she thought of the book, she said that she thought Elmer was beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was read to Brownie Girl Scout troop for a program on friendship and accepting differences. The girls enjoyed the story and the discussion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that 'Elmer' is a fantastic book to teach young children about diversity amoung groups. Elmer is different from his family and friends yet overcomes ridicule to become a strong figure in his culture. GREAT TO TEACH AND ENTERTAIN!!!