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The Resource I've got an elephant, written by Anne Ginkel ; illustrated by Janie Bynum

I've got an elephant, written by Anne Ginkel ; illustrated by Janie Bynum

Label
I've got an elephant
Title
I've got an elephant
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written by Anne Ginkel ; illustrated by Janie Bynum
Title variation
I have got an elephant
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Content with one elephant then pleased to have two, a girl begins having problems as her lonely pachyderms bring home more and more friends throughout this rhyming counting book
Review
  • A little girl has an elephant that she sleeps with at night, but when she leaves for school in the morning, her lonely pal «goes out and brings home an elephant friend.» The next day, the two elephants join her at school. Later, when she leaves to go shopping, the lonely elephants bring home another elephant friend. The story progresses along those lines until there are 10 elephants in the house, and the child decides that enough is enough. The rhyming verses bounce along in a readable, repeatable, predictable (in the best educational sense) fashion, inviting participation in the places where children can guess what words are coming next. Matching the buoyant, gently humorous tone of the text are the sunny illustrations. Both people and pachyderms have easy-to-read facial expressions and body language, offering children plenty to enjoy in the pictures as they listen to the verses roll along. Fun for reading aloud. -- Carolyn Phelan (Reviewed 09-15-2006) (Booklist, vol 103, number 2, p66)
  • K-Gr 1 –“I’ve got an elephant…” the rhyme begins. “But when I go to school, he gets lonely and then…He goes out and brings home an elephant friend.” This sets the pattern for a busy little girl and her loyal pachyderms who fight loneliness after each successive activity by simply adding another friend to their growing numbers. Soon the house is filled with them engaging in tail-to-trunk carefree play. Soothing cartoon pastels frame elephant antics on the way to school, shopping, swimming, in tutus and tights, at the movies, fishing, or at tea. Each frame captures the joie de vivre of the activity or the devastation of being left behind. New additions to the group provide the opportunity to watch for details–elephants unsure of their dance steps, forcing huge feet into the girl’s tiny new shoes, and intently watching their lures while fishing. What to do with so many elephants? The heroine cries “ENOUGH!” and finds a perfect solution as she once again begins counting with a new friend. An entertaining addition to collections of counting tales.–Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX --Mary Elam (Reviewed September 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 9, p172)
  • The towheaded narrator of this rhyming counting tale announces, "Though other kids have teddy bears to cuddle up tight,/ I've got an elephant to hug me every night." There's just one catch: elephants—at least as comically envisioned here—are social animals in the extreme. When the girl goes off to school, her elephant "gets lonely and then/ He goes out and brings home an elephant friend." And one elephant friend isn't enough—every time the girl leaves home, the remaining elephants recruit a new pachyderm to share in the joys of domesticity. The situation is not without its advantages: with eight elephants in the house, everyone can "gather round the table for a royal English tea,/ Sipping from their teacups and having fun with me." But when the elephant population grows to 10, the girl wisely decides to relocate them to the zoo. Debuting author (and former children's bookstore owner) Ginkel keeps her rhymes simple and catchy, while Bynum (Altoona Baboona ) uses chipper watercolors to dress up the pachyderms in silly outfits (including Superman pajamas and tutus) and place them in unlikely situations (sledding, going to scary movies). Preschoolers will likely enjoy the accumulation of affectionate elephants, the improbability of their behavior and the self-assurance of the plucky narrator. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed October 23, 2006) (Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 42, p50)
  • An elephant is as good as a teddy bear, maybe even better—especially if he wears Superman pajamas. The problem is that this elephant gets lonely when the girl leaves for school. Then, he "goes out and brings home an elephant friend." The elephant's sociable behavior continues over time as the seasons pass and the girl takes part in various activities. Elephants join her as she goes shopping, takes a swim, has a ballet lesson, goes to the movies, plays dress up, hosts a tea party, goes sledding and takes a bath. By the time there are nine of them hanging around, the girl has had enough! The elephants are bussed off to the zoo. But when she goes to visit them and give them some snacks—perhaps a questionable choice as popcorn and pizza are not necessarily appropriate food for zoo animals—she gets lonely and makes a new friend. A sequel with monkeys may be on the way. Crisp, rhyming text and warm, appealing illustrations will make this counting book a favorite with the very young. (Picture book. 2-4) (Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 2006)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
151157
Cataloging source
DLC
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Ginkel, Anne
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ8.3.G42357
LC item number
Ive 2006
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 1
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Bynum, Janie
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Elephants
  • Friendship
  • Counting
  • Humorous stories
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Elephants
  • Humorous stories
  • Stories in rhyme
  • Counting
  • Counting
  • Elephants
  • Humorous stories
  • Stories in rhyme
Target audience
primary
Label
I've got an elephant, written by Anne Ginkel ; illustrated by Janie Bynum
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
28 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781561456857
Isbn Type
(trade paperback)
Lccn
2006000628
Other control number
765288537302
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)64098323
Label
I've got an elephant, written by Anne Ginkel ; illustrated by Janie Bynum
Publication
Dimensions
28 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9781561456857
Isbn Type
(trade paperback)
Lccn
2006000628
Other control number
765288537302
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
(OCoLC)64098323

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