The Elephant's Pillow: A Chinese Bedtime Story

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Rich, spoiled little Sing Lo demands to see the most fabulous sight Peking has to offer the immense Imperial Elephant. Since the old Emperor died the elephant hasn't slept a wink, and Sing Lo is sure he can cure the animal’s insomnia. He showers the elephant with tempting gifts sweet buns, a soothing drink, a silk pillow yet the elephant still can’t sleep, and Sing Lo has nothing more to give. Or does he? This lovely story is enhanced by Jude Daly’s gorgeous, richly hued illustrations, which evoke the splendor of Imperial China.

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Niki Daly has won many awards for his work. His groundbreaking Not So fast Songololo, winner of a U.S Parent's Choice Award, paved the way for post-apartheid South African children's books. Since then, he has been widely published and has spoken in several countries. Among his many books, Once Upon a Time was an Honor Winner in the U.S. Children's Africana Book Awards, and Jamela's Dress was chosen by the ALA as a Notable Children's Book and by Booklist as one of the Top Ten African American Picture Books of 2000. Both live in Cape Town, South Africa.

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PreS-Gr. 2. Sing Lo, a wealthy merchant's son in old Peking, seems to have everything, yet still he is not satisfied. When his rickshaw man tells Sing Lo about the imperial elephant who has been unhappy since the old emperor's death, the boy demands to see the colossal creature. After meeting him, Sing Lo tries to imagine what this forlorn elephant needs and seeks to help him by undertaking a quest that in the end brings satisfaction to them both. First published in Great Britain, this picture book combines an original story with precise, delicate illustrations in which elements of clear, bright red glow against the more muted shades of brown, green, and blue. The contrast between the small boy and the truly enormous animal seems to make Sing Lo's accomplishment even greater. A pleasant story with an excellent message about finding one's happiness in helping another. Carolyn Phelan
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