Thursday, February 4, 2016

How the Elephant Got Her Trunk by Stephanie Gilman- OPTIONAL

Gilman, Stephanie. How the Elephant Got Her Trunk, PICTURE BOOK. Flowerpot Press, 2015. $10.99. Ellie the elephant has a short, stubby nose. She has all sorts of questions that everyone seems but too busy and annoyed to answer. When she goes to find a crocodile to find out what it eats, he snaps onto her nose and pulls and pulls until it becomes a long trunk. This is a retelling of a Rudyard Kipling story. I have never read that original version, but this one didn’t impress me. The illustrations are muted and have a blurry look to them. I particularly didn’t like that no one wanted to answer Ellie’s questions and that the story seemed to imply that being curious would just get you into trouble. PRE-K, K-3- OPTIONAL. Reviewed by Shay, High School Librarian

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