Ella longs for a little independence in this second adventure for the charming elephant.
Ella the elephant is too little to slice the cake in her mother's bakery, and the oven is absolutely off-limits. It feels like she can't do ANYTHING important - until Ella's mother needs help with an emergency cake delivery. Then Ella peddles off on her trusty cart to prove herself, but there's a bumpy road ahead!
In her second magical adventure, Ella the elegant elephant shows that you're never too little to save the day - so long as you have a big heart.
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Carmela D'Amico began writing children's books when she was just five years old, while Steven D'Amico began his art career at age four by drawing dinosaurs and superheroes. Now all grown up with a child of their own, this husband-and-wife team have combined their considerable talents to create a series of bestselling picture books about a charming elephant named Ella. The D'Amicos had wanted to work together on a children's book project for years, even before they were married. "I was striving for something substantial enough to stand alone as a story, but would also serve to showcase Steven's talents," Carmela says. The idea of Ella the Elephant came to Carmela in a dream, and the couple developed the story from there. The D'Amicos live in Seattle, Washington, with their daughter, Olivia. For more information about Carmela and Steven D'Amico, visit: scholastic.com/tradebooksFrom Booklist:
*Starred Review* PreS-K. Ella, who debuted in Ella the Elegant Elephant (2004), returns to show herself as a take-charge child. Ella and Mother live in Little Village, which, with its whitewashed buildings and ocean views, seems to be a pachyderm French Riviera. At her mother's bakery, Ella always asks to help. Unfortunately, Mom thinks a job such as slicing pie is too dangerous, so Ella she comes up with a job of her own--delivering a three-tiered cake in a wagon pulled by her bike. (The incongruity of this being safer than a cutting a pie seems odd.) Ella's friend hitches a ride, and, feeling helpful, asks Mr. Saw if he would like them to return his pile of library books. She then leaves Ella to finish the job, during which the cake nearly slides out of the wagon. Fortunately, Ella's magic hat and her own fortitude save the day. There are a few text glitches, but this has so much child appeal and such delightful artwork that it's hard to quibble. The pictures evoke both de Brunoff and Rey, but charming Ella makes the story her own. Especially fine are D'Amico's detailed, richly colored settings, always focused on what kids want to see. This has favorite book potential. Ilene Cooper
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