Oversize Book - 1989
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Elmer has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. A modern classic, this picture book continues to be the strongest seller of the whole series.

The subtle message in Elmer is that it is OK to be different, and combined with the vibrant colour and cheeky humour of the main character, this large format edition is a celebration of its continued popularity.

Elmer is different from all the other elephants in the jungle. Instead of being grey he has a patchwork of all the colours in the rainbow. But one day he gets fed up with being different and decides he'd like a change.

Publisher: London : Red Fox, c1989
ISBN: 9780099265283
Characteristics: unpaged : col. ill


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sunnydays868 May 17, 2018

When my first child was very young, this book was gifted to us. It soon became a family favorite. It's the story of Elmer the elephant and how he struggled with looking different from the other elephants. As Elmer soon learns, his differences are not only accepted, but celebrated. A heartfelt children's story on acceptance, and appreciating all of the qualities (even those outside the "norm") that make us beautifully unique.

coloradobuck Feb 06, 2017

This was a great story about not being afraid to be yourself!!! It was a great lesson on accepting people as they are - especially if they look different from you.

Aug 01, 2016

I'm not always a fan of classic children's books, or "life lesson" books, but this 1968 book is a keeper. It's a fable about being different. It's also just a good, interesting story. Elmer is patchwork and not grey like the other elephants, and although he's popular, he's not entirely convinced it's for the right reasons. A little... experiment is enough to reassure him about his place in the community, though. Cute and funny.

Aug 09, 2014

This is a lovely story about an elephant who is not like the others. In time it worries him so he seeks to cover himself and look just like everyone else. But the other elephants miss Elmer and wish him back as himself. This story was published in 1968, but it is a timeless classic. The message about being yourself still applies. The illustrations are full of fun and color. And at the same time the story teaches about size, color, and animals which is wonderful for the little ones. The ending made smile!
The language of the story is a bit awkward at times. Some of the sentences are too long. I think this books is better suited as a read-a-loud than for a student reading books for the first time.
Would I recommend this book? YES. Especially for ages 1-5

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Aug 09, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 8


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