written and illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
October 22, 2013 ▪ Margaret Ferguson Books / FSG ▪ Ages 4-8
A book about letters and words forming a friendship you will never forget.
Story: The day Gracie loses her favorite book, Elephant finds it. He sniffs the words ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS and--oops--they go up his trunk, where they wiggle and jiggle and make him sneeze. The letters fly through the air helter skelter, and when Elephant tries to put them back together, he can't figure out how to make the right words that fit. He asks his friends for help, but they just choose some of the letters to make up their own words--Aligator wants to CHEW them, Seal SPINs them, Monkey THROWS them, and Bear just SNOREs. Lucky for Elephant, Grace comes looking for her books. She makes the letters into the right words and then adds some of her own.
Children ages 3-7 will love following befuddled Elephant as he works to right the book; they'll enjoy finding letters throughout, reading the words of his friend, and clap when Gracie comes to the rescue. Plus young readers might just be inspired to create a few words of their own along the way.
Story behind the story: With over 35 books for children and countless awards from Parenting magazine, Parents’ Choice, Time magazine and starred reviews from top literary magazines and more, there’s no doubt that author-illustrator Tracey Campbell Pearson gets kids. She understands what it takes to get a child to say, “Read it again, please.” With both carefully chosen words and chock-full-of-energy illustrations, Pearson tells her stories with a pace and rhythm that has kids anxious to turn the page to see what’s next – and she throws in a bit of humor to keep them laughing along the way. So, where did ELEPHANT'S STORY come from?
Want to meet the author-illustrator? Tracey's on the road this fall, drawing Elephant and Gracie everywhere she goes. Maybe she's coming to your area? See this schedule.
Look! Elephant has been selected by booksellers nationwide to grace the cover of their annual BEST BOOKS FOR CHILDREN catalog!
"A sweet, funny story—though not without its awkward moments—with a metafictive theme that should entertain." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Pearson’s humorous illustrations are drawn with a loose flowing line. An overlay of light watercolors brings to life Elephant’s expressive face. Endpapers show him making the letters of the alphabet with this body. A lighthearted picture book for storytimes about friendship, cooperation, or books." -- School Library Journal
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