Elmer's Christmas

From the Series Elmer

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has been a favorite of children around the world for decades.

It’s Christmas, and the young elephants are very excited for Papa Red’s annual visit! All the presents are ready, but this year Elmer has a special treat in store for the young elephants—if they can keep quiet and out of sight . . .

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Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books
Copyright 2010
Publisher Andersen Press USA
Imprint Andersen Press USA
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 1.5
Text Type Fiction
BISACS JUV017010, JUV002080
Dewey [E]
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.5 x 11
Lexile 470
Guided Reading Level J
ATOS Reading Level 2.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 144558
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Author, Illustrator: David McKee

David McKee was the creator of several famous characters including King Rollo, Mr. Benn, and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. His books are published in numerous languages throughout the world. In 2020 David won the BookTrust’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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The Horn Book Magazine

“McKee’s story sends a strong but friendly reminder of the importance of generosity and goodwill during the holiday season. The playful, vividly colored illustrations complement the book’s cheery tone.” —The Horn Book Magazine

Publishers Weekly

“Elmer the patchwork elephant leads his fellow elephants on a walk through the jungle and into the snow to pick out a Christmas tree. At home, the elephants hang decorations and excitedly place presents underneath the tree. Finally, Papa Red, a bearded elephant Santa, arrives and Elmer helps him load the presents into the sleigh. ‘This is the season for giving. We give and Papa Red takes the presents to whoever needs them the most,’ Elmer explains to the young elephants. It’s a kindhearted message, but readers may still scratch their heads over Papa Red’s confiscation of the gifts under the tree.” —Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Reviews

“McKee’s cheerful gouache illustrations in double-page-spread format have their usual naïve charm with flattened perspective and profile portraits of Elmer’s animal friends. Simple enough for younger preschoolers, but charming enough to please Elmer’s devoted fans of any age.” —Kirkus Reviews