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Elmer: With Read Aloud PDF, ePub eBook David McKee's first book about Elmer turned this adorable patchwork elephant into a nursery favourite. Deservedly a modern classic, with over two million copies sold worldwide, Elmer’s subtle message, that it is ok to be different, resonates with children across the world.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Bionic Jean

    Elmer the very young elephant is just that little bit different. He lives with a herd of elephants. They might be young or old, tall or short, fat or thin. In fact there are many variations in how they look. But they are all the same colour. All except Elmer. Elmer is quirky. He is most decidedly not the same colour as the other elephants. Elmer is a beautiful kaleidoscope of all sorts of colours. His body is a patchwork of yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black and white. His pers Elmer the very young elephant is just that little bit different. He lives with a herd of elephants. They might be young or old, tall or short, fat or thin. In fact there are many variations in how they look. But they are all the same colour. All except Elmer. Elmer is quirky. He is most decidedly not the same colour as the other elephants. Elmer is a beautiful kaleidoscope of all sorts of colours. His body is a patchwork of yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black and white. His personality is also larger than life and matches his appearance. Elmer is cheerful, optimistic and sometimes very silly. He absolutely loves practical jokes. “If there was even a little smile, it was usually Elmer who started it.” But one night Elmer began to worry. He couldn’t sleep for thinking. “And the think that he was thinking was that he was tired of being different.” Why did he look so different from all the others. Was that why they were laughing at him? So, sadly, he crept away, determined to somehow cover himself with grey, so that he would blend in with the others. So he disguised himself, with the help of some berries, and it seemed to work! Nobody recognised him on his return, and even his friends greeted him politely, but rather distantly. Why were they all so serious, quiet and morose? “Elmer felt that something was wrong ... the more he looked at the serious, silent, still standing elephants, the more he wanted to laugh. Finally he could bear it no longer ...” When he did what only Elmer could have done, all the elephants became helpless with laughter too. They were overjoyed to have Elmer back in their midst again. And then the weather changed so that magically Elmer’s true colours were revealed. Everyone in the herd was so happy to have their popular prankster back that they decided to celebrate with a special day every year, On “Elmer’s Day”, every elephant would decorate themselves with unique and colourful patterns, and Elmer must decorate himself to look ... yes, you’ve guessed it! So every year, on the day of the parade, “if you happen to see an elephant ordinary elephant colour, you will know it must be Elmer.” The author of Elmer, David McKee, originally comes from South Devon, in England. He has produced mainly children’s books and animations, including several other series. Sometimes David McKee uses the pseudonym Violet Easton. He has illustrated books by other authors, such as some recent “Paddington Bear” books, and those by his wife, Violet McKee, and his son, Chuck McKee. The first book that he sold was of a story he had told at college, “Two Can Toucan”, which is also still in print. Elmer is an absolutely delightful picture book. “Elmer the Patchwork Elephant” by David McKee was originally published in 1968, and has been in print ever since. The current edition uses illustrations by the author from 1985. In this edition, the name ELMER is printed on the cover in shiny gold, reflective print. Elmer has now featured in 34 books by David McKee, and the series has sold nearly 5 million copies in 40 languages around the world. It is as popular as ever. Serendipitously, just as all the elephants in this story celebrate “Elmer Day” at the end of the story, this year the publishers declared 28th May 2016, to be “Elmer Day”. Across Great Britain, libraries and bookshops have held Elmer-themed events. David McKee himself has produced Elmer board books, bath books, colouring books, an Elmer flap book, an Elmer hole-in-the-page book and an Elmer pop-up book. The character of Elmer also stars in a children’s television series. From the start of this first story, the message is clear. Elmer is different, but he is accepted and valued just the way he is. He is unique and has a special talent to make everyone happy. When he alters his appearance and no longer looks like himself, he is ignored by his friends. He experiences what it feels like to be treated like an outcast, and to be ostracised by his old friends. In this book children may begin to think of the value of friendship and family, identity and diversity, as well as being true to oneself. When Elmer’s true colours are revealed, his friends are surprised and delighted. They much prefer his multicoloured and fun loving persona, and reassure Elmer that they love him because of his differences, and not in spite of them. The three year old next door loved this book as much as I did. He could quickly see the elephant shape on the cover, (although at first glance to me it looked like an abstract pattern). He was very keen to name all the colours he saw, and very keen too to spot and identify all the animals in the jungle scenes. It proved to be a real page-turner, with him squealing in delight at the big “BOO” in the middle of the book, and his insistence on turning the page at the end himself, to see all the highly decorated elephants on the last two pages. My little Turkish friend wanted to keep this one, to read over and over again, rather than to return it to the library. David McKee has a keen insight into what will appeal to little children, a lovely way with words, producing bold and attractive illustrations, and a story with a strong heart at its core. It doesn’t get any better than this.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ova - Excuse My Reading

    An absolute classic! My son loves it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Vegan

    Thanks to Wiebke, I’ve discovered my first Elmer book. I’m very grateful. This is a gift worthy book for new babies and for young children. This is the first Elmer book, and there are many others. Unfortunately, my library has only a very few of the books, perhaps because they’re British books. I am so surprised I’d never known of these books. This book was first published in 1968. I’d have thought I’d have come across them before now. This story is charming and sweet, lighthearted, and very amusi Thanks to Wiebke, I’ve discovered my first Elmer book. I’m very grateful. This is a gift worthy book for new babies and for young children. This is the first Elmer book, and there are many others. Unfortunately, my library has only a very few of the books, perhaps because they’re British books. I am so surprised I’d never known of these books. This book was first published in 1968. I’d have thought I’d have come across them before now. This story is charming and sweet, lighthearted, and very amusing. This particular book is a great educational tool for children who are enjoying learning their colors. The positive message about celebrating differences is done in a way that’s not at all heavy handed and I think it’s effective. It’s also a wonderful friendship story. The illustrations are very colorful and fun. There is a lot to look at on every page. I especially enjoyed some of the facial expressions the various animals exhibit. So entertaining! Children’s adults will be just as entertained as they are, and in my opinion that’s one thing that makes a great children’s picture book. I can see why this is a classic. One short quote from the author’s biography on the inside back cover that I really appreciated: Mr. McKee enjoys…doing books that “leave things unsaid.” Lovely book! 4 ½ stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Manny

    Stuck in a toy-shop in German-speaking Bern on Saturday, I picked up a copy of Elmar and tried to read it. My German is very uncertain, so I don't guarantee that I understood everything. Here's a tentative plot summary: Elmer Goes Mainstream Elephants are notoriously unimaginative, and quietly proud of their drab, gray conformity. But every now and then, you get an exception. Elmer was just such an elephant. A natural rebel and iconoclast, this was reflected even in his pigmentation, which was a b Stuck in a toy-shop in German-speaking Bern on Saturday, I picked up a copy of Elmar and tried to read it. My German is very uncertain, so I don't guarantee that I understood everything. Here's a tentative plot summary: Elmer Goes Mainstream Elephants are notoriously unimaginative, and quietly proud of their drab, gray conformity. But every now and then, you get an exception. Elmer was just such an elephant. A natural rebel and iconoclast, this was reflected even in his pigmentation, which was a bizarre patchwork of psychedelic colors. He would often play jokes on the other elephants. "Personally, I think he takes it too far," one of them grumbled. "To be honest, I don't see the point," another one agreed. "You soon get tired of it," said a third. The rest of this review is in my book If Research Were Romance and Other Implausible Conjectures

  5. 5 out of 5

    michelle

    since this book is called "Elmar" in german (like my baby brother) I had to "read" this cute book hah hah.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Emma Long

    The story of Elmer has always been a memorable one. From my own memories of the story from when I was little it has always held a strong yet familiar moral message. Elmer is an elephant with a patchwork body of a variety of colours. He is a cheerful and optimistic character. However, when Elmer changes his appearance to fit in to his surroundings he is no longer recognisable by the other elephants. Of course this makes Elmer sad that he is no longer accepted and begins to understand how it feels The story of Elmer has always been a memorable one. From my own memories of the story from when I was little it has always held a strong yet familiar moral message. Elmer is an elephant with a patchwork body of a variety of colours. He is a cheerful and optimistic character. However, when Elmer changes his appearance to fit in to his surroundings he is no longer recognisable by the other elephants. Of course this makes Elmer sad that he is no longer accepted and begins to understand how it feels to be treated like an outsider. When it rains, the grey paint which Elmer had covered himself with is washed away and his 'true colours' are once more revealed. To the joy of the group Elmer realises that it is his differences which make him who he is. David McKee's colourful depiction of differences through the story of Elmer can provide and important learning curve for children. This story can be used effectively during circle time where it can be read and then discussed amongst children in KS1. It can be highlighted that it is differences which make people interesting, and that no one should be ostracized because they are slightly different from their peers. Elmer can also be used for art based activities, where children can draw and write about their differences on varying coloured card, so the class can create their own patchwork Elmer, possibly for the beginning of the school year when children are moving up from EYFS to KS1.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alison

    Elmer is the story of an elephant that is noticeably different to the others; he is a brightly coloured patchwork elephant. However Elmer did not want to be different to the other elephants as they laughed at him, so he tried to make himself ‘elephant colour’ like the others. After hatching a plan and rolling around in berry juice to make himself ‘elephant colour’ Elmer decides that being part of the crowd is too boring and realises that being different isn’t so bad after all. At the end of the Elmer is the story of an elephant that is noticeably different to the others; he is a brightly coloured patchwork elephant. However Elmer did not want to be different to the other elephants as they laughed at him, so he tried to make himself ‘elephant colour’ like the others. After hatching a plan and rolling around in berry juice to make himself ‘elephant colour’ Elmer decides that being part of the crowd is too boring and realises that being different isn’t so bad after all. At the end of the story Elmer makes the other elephants laugh like they have never laughed before which makes them decide to have a parade in honour of Elmer and they decorate themselves to become just like him. This book is suitable for children from a very early age, however would be suitable for children in an educational setting from the age of 3 years due to the colourful illustrations. It would also be a useful resource to use with children in the reception and year 1 ages ranges as it offers a message of accepting others, understanding that everyone is different and being happy with who you are. Finally it would be a great addition to any classroom book shelf for children of all abilities and age ranges to explore and enjoy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bogdan

    Coperta super glossy, format larg si generos, desene ok, colorit abundent, povestea nu prea m-a dat pe spate. The cover of the romanian edition was very glossy, the format of the book is very large, the drawings are ok, it has a lot of colors, but the story wasn`t something that I would remember over time. :) Coperta super glossy, format larg si generos, desene ok, colorit abundent, povestea nu prea m-a dat pe spate. The cover of the romanian edition was very glossy, the format of the book is very large, the drawings are ok, it has a lot of colors, but the story wasn`t something that I would remember over time. :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I loved this book as a child and having reread it now, I still really enjoyed the story. McKee's story is full of humour and joy. It celebrates diversity and encourages children to celebrate their differences. Elmer is a very likeable character with a huge sense of fun that children would definitely be able to relate to. The book is filled with beautifully vibrant illustrations that help to bring the plot to life. There is a pretty high picture to text ratio but there is still quite a substantial I loved this book as a child and having reread it now, I still really enjoyed the story. McKee's story is full of humour and joy. It celebrates diversity and encourages children to celebrate their differences. Elmer is a very likeable character with a huge sense of fun that children would definitely be able to relate to. The book is filled with beautifully vibrant illustrations that help to bring the plot to life. There is a pretty high picture to text ratio but there is still quite a substantial amount of text, usually a few sentences on each page. I also like McKee's creative layout e.g the "booo!" 2 page spread. In terms of use in the classroom, it's great for thinking about colours and jungle animals. Children could create their own patchwork elephants in art or design. Overall, a very charming text that I would generally recommend for key stage 1 children.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind. And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    Such a beautiful book to read, each page is as colourful as the next and the story of Elmer the elephant who is different is fantastic and a brilliant way to learn acceptance at a young age. My friends love reading Elmer and so do I, it never fails to make me smile

  12. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Found this today while helping the girls do a bit of tidying. Good fun

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandile

    Elmer is a wonderful children's story with the underlying message that it is alright for everyone to be different and that we all possess unique qualities. I shared this book with Nursery children who were deeply engrossed by Elmer and his great patch work. The primal focus of the story is on ‘Elmer ‘who is an elephant that does not resemble the other elephants in his herd. They are all grey – whereas he is remarkably dissimilar with patchwork with lots of different colours! Although Elmer keeps Elmer is a wonderful children's story with the underlying message that it is alright for everyone to be different and that we all possess unique qualities. I shared this book with Nursery children who were deeply engrossed by Elmer and his great patch work. The primal focus of the story is on ‘Elmer ‘who is an elephant that does not resemble the other elephants in his herd. They are all grey – whereas he is remarkably dissimilar with patchwork with lots of different colours! Although Elmer keeps all the other elephants happy with his witty nature, deep down he starts to feel saddened by the fact that he looks somewhat different to the other elephants. Therefore as a consequence of this Elmer decides to disguise himself. He achieves this through shaking some berries from a tree onto the ground; he then submerges himself onto these berries. The end result is that his patch work disappears and he emerges as a grey elephant. When Elmer returns to his herd, he is delighted that his plan was a success as none of the other elephants recognize him. However, it becomes apparent that all the other elephants are miserable without him. Eventually Elmer could not with-stand to be in disguise any longer and unveils himself to the other elephants who are only too delighted to see him. Eventually all the elephants agree it was one of the best jokes that Elmer had played on them. As a result they all decided that each year they will have a special day where all of the other elephants will decorate themselves and Elmer will paint himself grey. This is a must read book! A great book for teaching young children about the differences we all have, it also highlights that there is nothing wrong about being different. It demonstrates that we all have unique qualities for instance (Elmer looks different - yet he always kept the other elephants entertained and happy and they were miserable without him!). This book is a wonderful book to share with young readers. For older children, discussions could centre on that it is not always necessary to try and change to fit in, as we all have something unique to offer to others. The text is very simple and is easily understood by young children. With a younger age groups you can use Elmer's multicoloured patchwork body to identify different colours. Younger children can also enjoy taking part in an Elmer parade and possibly do role play. It is a timeless classic and very heart warming, a good read!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    This is my favourite book so far. I fell in love with it from the first picture - all the grey elephants standing together with a rich green background. It seems like oil pastel, but I'm not sure. I loved the colours though - the rich, bright colours and their combinations. And when I then turned the page to see Elmer, the patchwork elephant - I was utterly enchanted. A colourful patchwork elephant! But it wasn't just the artwork that made me love this book. I loved the character of Elmer, and th This is my favourite book so far. I fell in love with it from the first picture - all the grey elephants standing together with a rich green background. It seems like oil pastel, but I'm not sure. I loved the colours though - the rich, bright colours and their combinations. And when I then turned the page to see Elmer, the patchwork elephant - I was utterly enchanted. A colourful patchwork elephant! But it wasn't just the artwork that made me love this book. I loved the character of Elmer, and the story. The message is one I thoroughly believe in. Elmer, being patchwork, is totally different from the other elephants. He's also different in personality - he's jolly, fun, mischievous, and makes them laugh. But he gets a bit self-conscious about the fact that he looks different, so he disguises himself by rubbing himself witih elephant-coloured berries. You can guess the gist of what's coming, of course - but this isn't your usual, ruggedly individualistic 'Be yourself and screw everyone else!' moral. It's not so much about Elmer, but about the whole herd. The point is that the other elephants become sad - they don't recognise Elmer and the atmosphere of the whole herd changes at not having Elmer there. They become quiet and sombre, and are delighted to find him again, when he reveals himself first through his personality, then from the rain washing off the berry juice. So the message is more about the importance of being oneself for the sake of one's whole community - how differences are valued and contribute to the way a group operates. Of course, one could argue that in reality, not everyone appreciates everyone's differences, but as a story for very young children, this is perfect - just the right level. And also there is the fact that Elmer's differences are a bit childlike - the colourfulness and love of practical jokes and laughter are things that a young child can identify with, whereas the other elephants could be seen as being more like adults. So there's a bit of a sense of the story encouraging children to be themselves in all their mischievousness too - that their fun and games bring laughter.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Walsh

    “Elmer was different. Elmer was patchwork. Elmer was yellow and orange and red and pink and….” Elmer is a heart-warming, uplifting story of a young elephant that is different from all the other elephants in the herd. Unlike every other grey elephant in the herd, Elmer is a colourful, patchwork elephant. Like many young people, Elmer wishes he was the same as everyone else. One day he sets off to find a way to make himself a grey elephant. He succeeds with his wish but quickly realises that being “Elmer was different. Elmer was patchwork. Elmer was yellow and orange and red and pink and….” Elmer is a heart-warming, uplifting story of a young elephant that is different from all the other elephants in the herd. Unlike every other grey elephant in the herd, Elmer is a colourful, patchwork elephant. Like many young people, Elmer wishes he was the same as everyone else. One day he sets off to find a way to make himself a grey elephant. He succeeds with his wish but quickly realises that being the same as everyone else is not as great as he had imagined. The underlying message in this book offers great opportunities for speaking and listening activities and could also be transferred to an English lesson for a comparative study. The book would be a great resource to accompany an anti-bullying talk in key stage one and indeed into a PSHE lesson. The fun colourful illustrations convey the story extremely well and offer us a great pictorial sense of emotion. In particular my year one class love the picture where it’s raining and all the elephants are laughing and enjoying themselves and Elmer’s patchwork is revealed. Overall a fantastic book with multiple uses to link with the curriculum in key stage one, while also offering an important life message; Its ok to be different.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Zareen

    This book was given to my son as a gift and what a fabulous book it was. It touches on the want to be accepted because of similarities rather than being unique. Therefore with this in mind, the book cleverly highlights some important themes. Rings alarm bells for me and my son! Elmer is a patchwork elephant living among grey elephants and provides fun and laughter. He is unique, but does not see it. He decides to cover his colourful patchwork with elephant berries because he thinks that the grey This book was given to my son as a gift and what a fabulous book it was. It touches on the want to be accepted because of similarities rather than being unique. Therefore with this in mind, the book cleverly highlights some important themes. Rings alarm bells for me and my son! Elmer is a patchwork elephant living among grey elephants and provides fun and laughter. He is unique, but does not see it. He decides to cover his colourful patchwork with elephant berries because he thinks that the grey elephants are all laughing at him. He soon realises that trying to be like the rest of the elephants was a mistake as everyone is upset, they want the old Elmer back, including Elmer. So he reverts back to his old self and before you know it everyone is happy. The book beautifully teaches the difference between people and how being unique is not such a bad thing. It’s also important to teach children that being the same isn’t always the happiest way, and David McKee skillfully illustrates this. Furthermore, the book has vibrant and exuberant colours which also add to the unique aspect of the book. The language is also easy to read and understand. A very meaningful read !

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fjóla

    If my son was an elephant, he would be an elephant like Elmer: yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black, white. So many times does he stress his multiple bright colors each time he pretends to be dog, or cat. But, Elmer does not take joy in being so colorful, because after all, who wants to be different? I was probably expecting a silly story, but it's not. It's gentle and sensitive and my son was full of empathy for Elmer. In fact, I was surprised at how much he felt for him, right If my son was an elephant, he would be an elephant like Elmer: yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black, white. So many times does he stress his multiple bright colors each time he pretends to be dog, or cat. But, Elmer does not take joy in being so colorful, because after all, who wants to be different? I was probably expecting a silly story, but it's not. It's gentle and sensitive and my son was full of empathy for Elmer. In fact, I was surprised at how much he felt for him, right at the first pages he identified that he was sad about being different, and he completely anticipated what his intentions were as he wandered away from the other elephants. This is one of those heartfelt stories about individuality, such as for instance my favorite Chrysanthemum.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Shuffle

    Elmer the Elephant is a fantastic book created around the theme of diversity and how it is good to be different. Elmer is an elephant whose skin is a variety of colors, in the book they described it as patchwork. Elmer is an extremely funny character and all elephant in the herd found Elmer hilarious. However Elmer wasn’t happy because he was so different and when all the elephants were just getting up Elmer slipped away into the jungle. He took a long walk into the jungle until he found what he Elmer the Elephant is a fantastic book created around the theme of diversity and how it is good to be different. Elmer is an elephant whose skin is a variety of colors, in the book they described it as patchwork. Elmer is an extremely funny character and all elephant in the herd found Elmer hilarious. However Elmer wasn’t happy because he was so different and when all the elephants were just getting up Elmer slipped away into the jungle. He took a long walk into the jungle until he found what he was looking for; Elmer finally found a bush covered in elephant colored berries, he shook the tree and then rolled around on the berries till his patchwork skin was covered. Elmer returned to the herd appearing like an average elephant, no one recognized him. The elephants were so silent that Elmer couldn’t take it anymore and shouted BOOO! The elephants jumped in fright but Elmer just laughed, as he was laughing it started to rain and his patchwork skin started to appear; the elephants decided to make that day Elmer Day and celebrated it every year by painting their skin in different colors and patterns but Elmer painted his in the elephant colored berries. Like I previously mentioned this book is great for teaching the children about the positives of being different and that everyone is different and should accept who they are, this topic relates to Religious Education, Humanities and PSHE. This book can also be linked with Art; the children can create their own Elmer elephant which represents them and again this can show how each child is different and shows diversity. This book can also be linked to preventing bullying in younger children by showing that you should accept difference not exclude it. I love this book because its main focus is diversity, and because I come from a diverse background this topic is close to my heart. Being a mixed race children in a predominantly white area and reading this booked allowed me to know that being different is okay and can be seen as a positive. But it also allowed me to relate to Elmer, understanding why he would like to be like everyone else, and why he shouldn’t want to be like everyone else. This can link to guided reading, by asking children questions like Why is it good to be different? These types of questions helps children understand diversity and to also accept their identity, which is something I find extremely important. This book can open children’s eyes to diversity and could also assist the school in the prevention of bullying at a young stage. (Key Stage 1 and early Key Stage 2)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jamila Kamal

    "Elmer the elephant” by David Mckee is definitely one of my favourite childhood stories!! I remember reading this book and being drawn to the bright colours and the comical character of Elmer the elephant. The story uses cheerful colours as Elmer is characterised as a friendly and funny multi-coloured patchwork elephant. Elmer recognises that he appears different from the other elephants, so he covers himself in grey coloured berries to blend in with the rest of the elephants. Elmer is no longer "Elmer the elephant” by David Mckee is definitely one of my favourite childhood stories!! I remember reading this book and being drawn to the bright colours and the comical character of Elmer the elephant. The story uses cheerful colours as Elmer is characterised as a friendly and funny multi-coloured patchwork elephant. Elmer recognises that he appears different from the other elephants, so he covers himself in grey coloured berries to blend in with the rest of the elephants. Elmer is no longer a colourful elephant who stands out from the crowd. Elmer later realises that all the elephants have stopped laughing and have become serious. To lift the mood, Elmer decides to scare his friends and in doing so, the rain pours down and the berry dye is rinsed off Elmer. At this point, the elephant friends laugh and one friend tells Elmer that this is the funniest joke he has ever played and that it didn’t take long for Elmer “to show (his) true colours”. The story sends an important message to children as it allows them to recognise and celebrate differences between individuals. At the same time, it highlights the importance of children being comfortable with their own identity. The book emphasises how not everybody is the same, yet this indifference makes them unique- much like Elmer’s unique appearance and sense of humour! I think this is definitely an enjoyable story for children in early years and key stage 1, as children at these stages often begin to ascertain physical and emotional characteristics amongst themselves and others. This book could be read to the class as I remember it being incredibly entertaining during story time. Or an activity could be made where the children are given a printout of an image of Elmer the elephant, children can then design their own patterns and colour the image. In the latter key stage, children could be given an to activity to develop numeracy skills. They could be given a printout of the patchwork elephant with numbers up to 10 randomly allocated in the patches. They then colour by number i.e 1 = red, 2= blue etc… This would help them identify numbers and practice colours! :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Hajra Natha

    Elmer- By David McKee Elmer the Elephant is not like the rest of the herd he lives with. Elmer has a brightly coloured patchwork skin and has a cheerful, bubbly and jokey personality that brings a smile to all the other elephants’ faces. He spends his time playing jokes and entertaining the other elephants and making them smile. However, deep down felt saddened that he was different to the other elephants as they all looked the same with their grey skins and he was so different with his coloured Elmer- By David McKee Elmer the Elephant is not like the rest of the herd he lives with. Elmer has a brightly coloured patchwork skin and has a cheerful, bubbly and jokey personality that brings a smile to all the other elephants’ faces. He spends his time playing jokes and entertaining the other elephants and making them smile. However, deep down felt saddened that he was different to the other elephants as they all looked the same with their grey skins and he was so different with his coloured patchwork skin. So one day he hatches up a plan that would make him fit in with the other elephants…..But the outcome was not as he expected for himself and or his grey elephant friends. This book was a real delight and pleasure to read, it engages with the children well and is celebrates individuality. Elmer is beautifully illustrated and helps children to understand that being different is not a bad thing as well as laying emphasise on the importance of accepting that we are all different and unique. My children loved this story book when they younger, and now they are older we read it once again and this time their understood the deeper meaning. That it’s not what on the outside and how we look that is important but it’s what we are like in the inside that matters, how we make people feel and feel in ourselves. This book would be great at Nursery and Key stage one, the book is an easy read with simple moral to the story that is easy to understand, familiar, true to the facts of life; that we are all unique, diverse, special, have different characteristics, cultures, appearances and personalities. The story allows for Lots of curriculum based activities i.e. Art, PSE, English and some very colourful displays can be done. This a great book to use and introduce to the children at the beginning of the school year particularly in foundation and key stage one and resource that promotes inclusion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nadhira Ramadhani

    Even though I’ve seen this book at school during my volunteering placement, it was not one of the books I looked through straight away. When I finally did read the book, by the request of a very enthusiastic pupil, I regretted that I didn’t read this book sooner than I should. I must have judge this book by its cover, thinking that it might have been a jolly elephant with a colour patchwork just grazing the field and playing with his/her friends. After reading to the child, not explicitly showin Even though I’ve seen this book at school during my volunteering placement, it was not one of the books I looked through straight away. When I finally did read the book, by the request of a very enthusiastic pupil, I regretted that I didn’t read this book sooner than I should. I must have judge this book by its cover, thinking that it might have been a jolly elephant with a colour patchwork just grazing the field and playing with his/her friends. After reading to the child, not explicitly showing to her my hidden emotions, I felt that there was this element of sorrow that is depicted in the early pages of Elmer. Elmer being another member of the herd, although is the same body size as the other elephants, was of a different colour to the rest. Thinking that he might have not have been accepted by his fellow peers he covered his identity by making himself look grey. Although in the story he is depicted as bright and entertaining and enjoys making people laugh, there was this insecurity that he felt that he didn’t fit it. The story at the end did portray that even though he was different and unique, the rest of the herd accepted him for who he is. I think this is a powerful message that we can tell to children, and that is to accept and appreciate diversity. And although we are all different in size, colour, we are all special. We need to encourage children to embrace uniqueness. A good read for all ages. ADULTS INCLUDED! :D Lesson activity: I thought about linking this book to an art lesson. Exploring the prime and secondary colours and allow the children to experiment and create their own shade. Of course, one red from one student is a different shade to another red. Then I would probably get a blank outline of Elmer, and let the children paint Elmer with the mix of colours they have generated. Yes, that’s sounds like fun!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jackee Lawrence

    This review is required for Dr. Sykes' READ3307 course at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The recommended age level of Elmer is Pre-K to 2nd grade. The plot of Elmer, by David McKee follows a very colorful elephant named Elmer. The plot shows Elmer's insecurity with being different and how he tries to change. The plot is presented in a humorous and heartwarming way. The characterization is rather limited due to the length of the book, but it is fitting for the recommended age range. Student This review is required for Dr. Sykes' READ3307 course at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. The recommended age level of Elmer is Pre-K to 2nd grade. The plot of Elmer, by David McKee follows a very colorful elephant named Elmer. The plot shows Elmer's insecurity with being different and how he tries to change. The plot is presented in a humorous and heartwarming way. The characterization is rather limited due to the length of the book, but it is fitting for the recommended age range. Students can identify with Elmer and his desire to fit in. The setting of the book is the jungle where Elmer and his herd of elephants live. The theme of the book is that it is a good thing to be different. An additional theme could be that you shouldn't change who you are. The point of view is 3rd person omniscient. The style of the book is very friendly to the audience; the text is simple and easy to read. The presentation is very eye-catching. The cover is extremely colorful and all of the illustrations are as well. The illustrations follow the text very well and support the plot. This book would be a great tool to encourage readers to be themselves. The book can teach students that they should not try to change in order to fit in with others and that individuality should be celebrated.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Corinne Creighton

    Elmer is a cute and delightful story explaining two important life lessons through an lovable elephant named Elmer. The life lessons told her are that it is ok to be different and that people love you for who you are. Elmer is an multi colored elephant in his herd compared to all the other elephants that are just plain. He finds a way to look just like all the other elephants and the other elephants begin to act forlorn. Elmer is then exposed and the elephants create a parade in his honor. What o Elmer is a cute and delightful story explaining two important life lessons through an lovable elephant named Elmer. The life lessons told her are that it is ok to be different and that people love you for who you are. Elmer is an multi colored elephant in his herd compared to all the other elephants that are just plain. He finds a way to look just like all the other elephants and the other elephants begin to act forlorn. Elmer is then exposed and the elephants create a parade in his honor. What originally drew me to this book was the bright colors spread on the cover and the adorable elephant that is also present on the cover. The pictures are all bleed on the pages and the color scheme really makes the details pop out. It is fun to analyze all the elephants in the illustrations because they are all made to look a little different. The pages with the forest in the background are drew with faded, bright tropical colors which create a happy feeling for the reader. All the animals that were drawn had inviting facial expressions which make it hard for the reader not to fall in love with the story. Therefore, the book Elmer does an excellent job connecting with the readers lovable side!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Xiomara Vasquez

    This story is about an elephant; Elmer is a different elephant, a special member of his pack. Elmer is not the color of the other elephants; his skin is yellow, red, orange, pink, violet, blue, green, black and white. This difference worries him and sometimes he cannot sleep, so one morning he decides that he wants to become a normal elephant and change the color of his skin, painting himself in gray like the rest of his friends. Enchanted by his color Elmer will return to the pack, but it will o This story is about an elephant; Elmer is a different elephant, a special member of his pack. Elmer is not the color of the other elephants; his skin is yellow, red, orange, pink, violet, blue, green, black and white. This difference worries him and sometimes he cannot sleep, so one morning he decides that he wants to become a normal elephant and change the color of his skin, painting himself in gray like the rest of his friends. Enchanted by his color Elmer will return to the pack, but it will only be a matter of time before his character betrays him and that his companions discover who is hiding behind the gray elephant. I love this moral story in which in a loving and kind way we are told about tolerance and diversity. Elmer starts his adventure because he does not like his friends to treat him differently because he is of another color, but with his trick he discovers that his friends, not only integrate him in the pack as one more, but they love him because his difference.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Hill

    Lovely story, showing children that it is our differences that make us special and that we should embrace them. Also, that it's our personality that makes us who we are not just what we look like.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jusna Begum

    Elmer is a fiction story about trying to fit in. Elmer is a patch worked elephant with a cheerful personality and loves to play practical jokes. In order to fit in with the rest of the elephants Elmer decides to change his appearance and paints himself grey, however this back fires and the rest of the elephants no longer recognise him. They ignore him and this makes Elmer sad. He experiences how it feels to be treated like an outcast. It starts to rain and the paint is washed away relieving Elme Elmer is a fiction story about trying to fit in. Elmer is a patch worked elephant with a cheerful personality and loves to play practical jokes. In order to fit in with the rest of the elephants Elmer decides to change his appearance and paints himself grey, however this back fires and the rest of the elephants no longer recognise him. They ignore him and this makes Elmer sad. He experiences how it feels to be treated like an outcast. It starts to rain and the paint is washed away relieving Elmer’s true appearance he is accepted and loved once again by all the elephants. Elmer realizes he is loved because he is different. At the end of the story they celebrate by painting themselves in multi-colored paint, in recognition of Elmer's unique appearance and personality. I like this book because it has a good moral to it; the moral being sometimes being different is what makes people like you more. I also like this story as it van be used to put a point across to children about being unique and how people have different personalities and not to outcast individuals in any circumstance. This book can be used for age groups from nursery to year 1. In early years it would be read to the children and is effective for exploration of the themes and issues relating to the concept of diversity. It can be use in a art lesson for children to explore colours, it is definitely worth having in the classroom library for children to take home. The language and sentence structure is very easy with good use of CVC words to help children develop their reading. With regards to early years it has great illustrations to help retell the story and understand emotions of characters.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jazel

    Elmer by David Mckee is a story about an elephant who was covered in a patchwork of different colours. He always made the other elephants laugh and smile; they laughed with him and he always seemed the root of the fun. One night he could not sleep because he was thinking, he did not want to be a patchwork of colours, he wanted to be the same as everyone else. In the morning he takes a walk and finds a tree with ‘elephant coloured’ berries. He decides to cover himself with the juice of these grey Elmer by David Mckee is a story about an elephant who was covered in a patchwork of different colours. He always made the other elephants laugh and smile; they laughed with him and he always seemed the root of the fun. One night he could not sleep because he was thinking, he did not want to be a patchwork of colours, he wanted to be the same as everyone else. In the morning he takes a walk and finds a tree with ‘elephant coloured’ berries. He decides to cover himself with the juice of these grey berries so he looks the same as the others. He walks back and passes other animals without being recognised. Elmer then blends in with the other elephants. After awhile Elmer realises being the same is not all that it seems. This is a great book with wonderful illustrations. It has a lovely moral that celebrates individuality. Young children KS1 children can discuss Elmer’s colours and draw their own animal, KS1 and KS2 children can form a discussion about the moral behind Elmer’s story. Elmer can also be a good starting point for a cross curricular project for both KS1 and 2 children. For example: Art and D&T-maybe creating a quilt using different colours of Elmer; Science-Animals and their habitats; Literacy-Poetry or a newspaper article on Elmer and his story linking this to ICT and even RE where research can be made on different festivals of different religions. This can all lead to different school trips; a religious place or a trip to the zoo. A great amount of activities can arise from this one lovely story of Elmer the elephant.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    The story is about an elephant that is different from other elephants because he is a patchwork of different colours. He has a great personality and is always making people laugh. The story goes n to tell how Elmer covers up his patchwork to make himself look the same as all the other elephants. Nobody recognises him, Elmer then shouts out loud and it begins to rain. The grey is washed off Elmer colourful patchwork is revealed. This book highlights the moral that no matter how hard you try to c The story is about an elephant that is different from other elephants because he is a patchwork of different colours. He has a great personality and is always making people laugh. The story goes n to tell how Elmer covers up his patchwork to make himself look the same as all the other elephants. Nobody recognises him, Elmer then shouts out loud and it begins to rain. The grey is washed off Elmer colourful patchwork is revealed. This book highlights the moral that no matter how hard you try to cover up yourself your true personality will always come through. The book was also accompanied by a small patch work Elmer teddy, which could be useful in the classroom for many activities or used as a prop when telling the story. This book had great use of illustration and colour throughout. This is a fantastic story that could be read alone or alternatively could be used to instigate a discussion on our differences - starting with studying the cover and predicting what the story may be about. The main character, Elmer, is a likeable, beautifully bright, patchwork elephant who is conscious of his colourful appearance. He disguises himself with grey paint to fit in with all of the other elephants but nobody recognises him despite his efforts. The rain washes it off to reveal the moral of the story along with Elmer's true colours. A very sweet book that most children adore - a good book for nursery throught to higher KS1.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Field

    Elmer the Elephant by David McKee Elmer the elephant is bout an elephant that is not elephant colored. He was patchwork with all the different colors of the rainbow. When Elmer used to go into the jungle the other elephants would stare and laugh at Elmer. Elmer hated that he was different so one day he went to a tree that had berries that were elephant colored growing from it. He shook the tree till the berries fell off and rubbed himself all over with the berry juice until he became elephant co Elmer the Elephant by David McKee Elmer the elephant is bout an elephant that is not elephant colored. He was patchwork with all the different colors of the rainbow. When Elmer used to go into the jungle the other elephants would stare and laugh at Elmer. Elmer hated that he was different so one day he went to a tree that had berries that were elephant colored growing from it. He shook the tree till the berries fell off and rubbed himself all over with the berry juice until he became elephant colored. At first he enjoyed not being different to the other elephants but he got bored of being the same as everyone else very quickly. Then a rain cloud came and washed the berry juice off Elmer and he became patchwork again. Elmer was so happy to be himself again. I liked this story because I love the message behind it. It teaches that it’s ok to be different and unique. It also helps us to understand that everybody is different and we should accept people for who they are. I feel that this book could be used at class story time as a way to promote inclusion and an anti-bullying message to kids. The book itself is very eye catching as the use of colors are very bright and there is a strong use of imagery with animals and images of the jungle that would keep children interested. The book could be used to teach children about the jungle, animals, and also to teach children about different colors.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aiysha Ilyas

    Elmer by David McKee - The story entails a good moral as it addresses topics such as diversity, equality and identity as well as acceptance and friendship. Elmer is different to the other elephants, based on his colour, however his other characteristics such as body shape are the same to the other elephants. Thus, it was portrayed that although his appearance was different, the other elephants liked him and accepted him for who he was. For example, this was visible in the contrast of emotions as Elmer by David McKee - The story entails a good moral as it addresses topics such as diversity, equality and identity as well as acceptance and friendship. Elmer is different to the other elephants, based on his colour, however his other characteristics such as body shape are the same to the other elephants. Thus, it was portrayed that although his appearance was different, the other elephants liked him and accepted him for who he was. For example, this was visible in the contrast of emotions as when Elmer was not distinguishable, the other elephants were 'serious and silent' whereas when Elmer revealed himself, they laughed and enjoyed his joke. Consequently, a key message was that as Elmer accepted his appearance, the other elephants also celebrated his uniqueness, which resulted in happiness. This was represented visually as the illustrations and bright colours contributed to positive emotion.

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