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Elmer and Rose


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Elmer celebrates the uniqueness of each individual when he meets a new girl elephant - who happens to be pink!

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


PreS-Gr 1-Elmer the patchwork elephant and his black-and-white-checkered cousin Wilbur are out strolling together when they come across a herd of gray elephants. To Wilbur's mind, they are not unique, although Elmer claims that they are "all unique..Just not as different as us." Not long afterward, Grandpa Eldo, a gold elephant, introduces them to Rose, a pink youngster who has wandered away from her herd. Rose and the two cousins play together as they set off in search of her herd. They encounter a lone gray pachyderm that she finds peculiar. When they locate her pink herd, the cousins understand Rose's reaction to the gray elephant. Fans will welcome this addition to the series. The message that everyone is unique is hardly subtle, and there's not a lot of action, but youngsters will enjoy looking at the bright jungle scenes and the cartoonlike animals that form Elmer's world.-Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

"For a well-constructed story and an instantly recognisable character, it's hard to beat Elmer the patchwork elephant.'" * Cork Evening Echo *
"A mesmerising treat for the eyes." * Nursery World *
"Another beautiful book by this well-loved author and illustrator" * Books for Keeps *
"Quality brightly-coloured illustrations" * Write Away *
"Books featuring Elmer and his friends are universally acknowledged as essential for the nursery." -- Julia Eccleshare

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