A poem in which an elephant describes himself and his way of life. On board pages.
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John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd January, 1892 at Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State, but at the age of four he and his brother were taken back to England by their mother. After his father's death the family moved to Sarehole, on the south-eastern edge of Birmingham. Tolkien spent a happy childhood in the countryside and his sensibility to the rural landscape can clearly be seen in his writing and his pictures.From School Library Journal:
PreSchool-K-- Of these two board books, Farjeon's Cats is the more successful. The simple rhythmic survey of places cats will sleep is appropriate enough for very young children, and Lewis' realistic drawings in soft pastels give it a pleasant look, although it is unfortunate that the only child pictured is not close in age to the intended audience. Oliphaunt, a not particularly memorable poem from Tolkien's "The Adventures of Tom Bombadil , " just doesn't work as a board book. The drawings that are intended to be comic will confuse toddlers because of their disproportionate animal sizes, the poem is not laid out well in relation to the pictures and, most importantly, it was never intended for very small children. --Ann Stell, The Smithtown Library, NY
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