ElmerMcKee S Gentle Humor And Love Of Irony Are In Full Force In This Celebration Of Individuality And Laughter Publishers Weekly Elmer The Elephant Is Bright Colored Patchwork All Over No Wonder The Other Elephants Laugh At Him If He Were Ordinary Elephant Color, The Others Might Stop Laughing That Would Make Elmer Feel Better, Wouldn T It David McKee S Comical Fable About Everyone S Favorite Patchwork Elephant Teaches Readers To Be Themselves And Celebrates The Power Of Laughter

David McKee born 2 January 1935 is a British writer and illustrator, chiefly of children s books and animations He has used the pseudonym Violet Easton He is frequently referenced as David John McKee.For his contribution as a children s illustrator he was UK nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006.

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  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages
  • Elmer
  • David McKee
  • English
  • 06 March 2017
  • 9780688091712

10 thoughts on “Elmer

  1. says:

    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 he looked at the serious, silent, still standing elephants, the 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. says:

    An absolute classic My son loves it

  3. says:

    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 stars

  4. says:

    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 MainstreamElephants 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. says:

    letto insieme alla mia bimba di 6 anni, metto 3 stelle gi tante perch volute dalla mia piccina disegni molto carini, ma storia senza senso e senza rispetto per i bambini, magari offrire loro storie con un pochino piu di spessore non guasterebbe essere piccoli non significa non saper ragionare e distinguere le emozioni e le circostanze degli avvenimenti della vita a farli diventare mezzi ritardati ci penseranno poi cellulari e company.

  6. says:

    Rese a completa en Como bien nos dice la rese a, Elmer no es como todos los elefantes Elmer es de todos colores.Lo que me ha gustado de la novela es que a pesar de lo que pueda parecer en la sinopsis, Elmer no es repudiado o discriminado por los dem s elefantes como pasa, por ejemplo, en El patito feo l simplemente es distinto a los dem s pero se llevan todos muy bien y se divierten con sus locuras.A pesar de esto a Elmer le gustar a ser aunque sea por un ratito como sus amigos Y es por esto que decide idear un plan Se pinta todo el cuerpo con una fruta que finalmente lo termina dejando color elefante y as camuflado se mete entre sus amigos sin que nadie lo reconozca y cuando nadie se lo espera Los asusta Todos los elefantes se empiezan a revolcar de la risa y a festejarle el chiste a Elmer, quedando de all en mas ese d a marcado como el d a de Elmer Llegado ese d a todos los elefantes se pintan de colores y salen a festejar siendo Elmer el nico de color elefante Puntos positivos y temas que se tratan en el libro Obviamente el libro trata temas como la diversidad y la aceptaci n Me ha gustado que desde el principio si bien Elmer era diferente, todos lo quer an tal como era y l mismo se aceptaba Esto es importante ya que la mayor a de las historias que hablan sobre el tema nos dibujan un entorno donde el personaje, de entrada no es aceptado y quiz para los mas peque os no es la mejor manera de abordarles el problema Elmer es un personaje super divertido y querido por todos que nos ense a que ser diferentes no esta mal y que de hecho, tiene muchas cosas buenas.Muy recomendado para ense arle de a poquito y por medio de historias y juegos valores a los mas chiquitos.

  7. says:

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

  8. says:

    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 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.

  9. says:

    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.

  10. says:

    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.

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