Today is Friday – I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here
My picture book pick today is one of the treasures I scooped up in Singapore last week at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. In addition to incredible presentations given by inspiring speakers, there were over a dozen book launches.
Dill the Little Elephant
Retold by Ming & Volker
Illustrated by Yusof Gajah
Publisher: Integra Majujaya (2013)
Ages: 3 and up
Friendship, courage, family, animals
“One day in the forest, a baby elephant was born. He was so small, his parents called him Dill.”
When the elephant herd must leave their grazing field, little Dill cannot be found and is left behind. The little elephant strikes out to find his family. He meets two musicians, a frog and a cricket, who invite him to join their band. The journey to find his parents is difficult, but Dill never gives up hope.
Why I like this book:
I bought this wonderful picture book at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore and was honored to meet the illustrator and have time to speak with him.
From left to right: Mr. Ramachandran (executive director of the National Book Development Council of Singapore), my apologies for not remembering the name of the lady next to him, Evelyn Wong (author and consultant), Yusof Gajah and me.
Mr. Gajah’s elephant illustrations are known around the world and I was captivated with the simple pictures and bold brilliant use of colors. I also loved the message of friendship, courage and hope.
How a parent can use this book:
· Journey into the use of colors when drawing…young children will love the illustrations and will be inspired to create their own.
· Would recommend reading from the pictures for younger children…the text might be more appropriate for the older child.
ELEPHANT HANDPRINT PICTURE
For more information on other titles by Yusof Gajah: http://www.yusofgajahlingard.com/children-titles-2011.html
To see his solo exhibition and more on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/yusofgajah
To see an elephant paint a self-portrait (thanks to Patricia Tilton for the heads-up about this): http://www.wimp.com/elephantpaints/
Participating in the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content was an amazing experience…it was a thrill to present my book to parents, teachers and conference attendees during my program: A Picture Book is Worth a Thousand Words.
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What books have you read with your child this past week?