I’m adding another wonderful story 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.
Please let me share some good news first! Starting now, the price of the Kindle Edition of Show Me How! will be ONLY $2.99 for the ENTIRE SUMMER. I wanted to make it more available to parents, teachers, VBS, summer playground groups and homeschooling families. This is a SUBSTANTIAL discount off the regular $9.99 price. The activities (100 crafts and 100 recipes and 100 picture book summaries) will definitely help provide fun and educational projects for the kids.
In the spotlight today is another one of the treasures I scooped up in Singapore at the Asian Festival of Children’s Content.
Written by David Seow
Illustrated by Enrico Sallustio
Publisher: Bonnie Books (2013)
Ages: 3 and up
Friendship, animal conservation, family, overcoming fears
“Hello, I’m Emma and I have an elephant. Her name is Ella. She has one long trunk, two floppy ears, four big feet, one tiny tail. And she is invisible! But if she likes you, she’ll let you see her. Can you see her?”
Ella, a young elephant is so scared by hunters that she becomes invisible, except if she likes and trusts you. She seeks help from a little girl named Emma. Emma joins the elephant on a journey to see if they can make the jungle a safer place for all of the animals.
Why I like this book:
- Great read-aloud
- Wonderful message of hope and family togetherness
- Bold, bright illustrations
- I attended the book launch for Emma’s Elephant at the 2013 Asian Festival of Children’s Content in Singapore and had a chance to chat with the author, David Seow, and the illustrator, Enrico Sallustio. They both signed my copy of Emma’s Elephant (which I will be giving to my new grand-daughter, Sophie) and it was a pleasure to chat with this talented multi-published duo.
David Seow on the left, Enrico Sallustio on the right and happy me behind them.
How a parent can use this book:
- Lovely read-aloud
- Talk about animals in the wild and how we can protect them and their habitats
- Take a trip to a zoo to see some of the animals mentioned
- Talk about how Ella reacted when she was afraid…how do you feel when you are afraid? What do you do?
- If you make the craft, your child can role play with her elephant.
PAPER PLATE ELEPHANT
- I love simple crafts for kids.
- Paper plates are inexpensive and easy to work with.
- This one is painted…but you can use markers or crayons.
- Cut pieces of construction paper or material scraps for the legs, trunk, tail, ear and eye and glue in place.
- Just a few minutes of your time, participating with your child…that’s all it takes…the long-term rewards are amazing!
You can connect with the author and illustrator.
- Picture Book Review and Activity – Dill the Little Elephant (viviankirkfield.com)
- #2013AFCC – A Picture Book is Worth a Thousand Words (viviankirkfield.com)
- Kenyan Wildlife: Elephant Orphanage (k2l2a.wordpress.com)
- WATCH: Baby Elephant Rescued From a Well In Thailand (newsfeed.time.com)