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The Birthday Elephant

Williams, Walter

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ISBN 10: 0989069877 / ISBN 13: 9780989069878
Published by Fernwood & Hedges Books, 2015
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Title: The Birthday Elephant

Publisher: Fernwood & Hedges Books

Publication Date: 2015

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: First.

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The elephant was not like other elephants. Instead of splashing water with his trunk he wanted to sit in chairs, ride bicycles, and sail in boats. But because he was an elephant he could not fit. That is until he saw a boy on a bicycle leaving behind a tremendous trail of dust.


Kirkus Review In this flight of fancy,  a young elephant tries to see what it's like to sit on a chair (it breaks), ride a bicycle (it folds), sail on a boat (it sinks), and ride in a car (the axles break). When a boy speeds by on a bicycle, the elephant chases after him, and the youngster instantly grasps the animal's dilemma: "You need someone to help you. To make things that are strong." So he creates "durable devices that would not fold, break, or bend."  Young children will enjoy this picture book's unlikely story of can-do empowerment, dreams, and friendship.  

THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW"The Birthday Elephant" is a whimsical coming of age story about learning to follow your dreams.  Decorated with visionary illustrations of imaginative line figures against brilliant splashes of color and patterns, "The Birthday Elephant" is both nostalgic and fresh, always new and inviting.

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