From the Series Elmer
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 . . .
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Publisher||Andersen Press USA|
|Imprint||Andersen Press USA|
|Number of Pages||32|
|Reading Counts! Level||1.5|
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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“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
“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
“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