Elmer and Super El by David McKee
|Elmer and Super El by David McKee|
|Genre: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Jo Heffer|
|Summary: Elmer is probably the most colourful elephant in the entire world and he also has a heart of gold. When his friend Super El is having a bad day, he thinks of the best way to make things better. In this lovely book by David McKee, 'Elmer and Super El', he shows just what true friendship is all about.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: September 2011|
|External links: Author's website|
In 'Elmer and Super El', Elmer, the patchwork elephant, is out walking when he comes across his friend Super El who is very upset. His clothes have been ripped by a thorn bush and he is scared that all of the other animals will laugh at him because he looks so shabby. Elmer knows that his Aunt Zelda will be able to fix the clothes but how can he help his friend get past all of the animals without being noticed? He has to come up with some ingenious ideas in order to distract the elephants, Lion and Tiger, all of the hippos and the rest of the animals. Luckily, clever Elmer always comes up with a plan and no one ends up laughing at Super El.
'Elmer and Super El' is a touching story that I am sure will appeal to children of all ages. Elmer is such a charming and well loved character and the way he puts himself out for his friend is a great example and provides a message about friendship that is definitely worth sharing with small children. The story is very entertaining because each time that Elmer and Super El pass a different group of animals, Elmer thinks of different ways to distract them such as trying to tell jokes to the elephants and making a large splash in the river to confuse the crocodiles.
The story has a simple flow to it and the language used is quite accessible for newly confident readers especially as there are not too many words on any page. However, I do think that 'Elmer and Super El' is a story that is best for sharing with younger children, taking time to enjoy the lovely story and the bright and colourful illustrations. The artwork is lovely on all the pages and will be instantly familiar to those who already know the Elmer stories.
I'd like to thank the publishers for sending a copy to the Bookbag.
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