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Ollie the Elephant Tuff Book
     

Ollie the Elephant Tuff Book

by Hans de Beer, Burny Bos
 

When Ollie the elephant doesn’t get a baby brother for his birthday, he sets off on his roller skates to find one.  Ollie meets many families along the way, but realizes that there's nothing quite like his very own!

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When Ollie the elephant doesn’t get a baby brother for his birthday, he sets off on his roller skates to find one.  Ollie meets many families along the way, but realizes that there's nothing quite like his very own!

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Ollie, pining for a baby brother, goes on a walkabout to find one or become someone else's. Ollie had high hopes of getting a baby brother for his birthday, but when that doesn't pan out--"You don't get little children for your birthday," his mother rather unsympathetically tells him--he straps on his roller skates and heads out the door to see what he might find. When no baby elephants materialize, Ollie asks a number of other creatures if he can join their clans--a stag, a frog, a bat--but since he isn't one of them (he hasn't got the stag's horns, for instance, though he does tie a chair on his head in a heartbreaking attempt), nothing really works out. He gets lost, he breaks his and he gets found. His mother tells him, "your father and I plan to have more children," still rather unsympathetically, like she's going to get an oil change or something. Bos' narrative is verbose, practically swamping de Beer's delicate but comic pen-and-ink illustrations, and remarkably unmusical (though perhaps that's the translation). Its punchy directness has an undeniable clarity and a measure of drama. But really, Ollie's gone for four days and all Mother can say is "we've been so worried about you"? Of course Ollie wants a brother…for a little familial warmth and dependability. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780735840751
Publisher:
North-South Books, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
7.51(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
AD540L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

BURNY BOS was born in Haarlem, in the Netherlands. He is a children’s book author and has also created many radio and television programs for young audiences.

HANS de BEER was born in Muiden, a small town near Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. He studied illustration at the Rietveld Academy of Art in Amsterdam.

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