Submitted by Ms. Josie!
Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow. In this wonderfully entertaining book, an elephant proposes a game of hide-and-seek to a young boy. The boy agrees that a game of hide-and-seek would be fun and he instructs the elephant to hide first. The elephant warns the young boy, “I am very good.” The young boy states he will try his best and counts to ten. Let the hilarious game of hide-and-seek begin! It turns out that the elephant is indeed very good at hiding, even when his enormous form appears in plain sight. He hides underneath curtains and blankets, behind the television, inside of a lamp shade, and behind a tiny tree. Talk about an elephant in the room! These colorfully illustrated scenes speak directly to the reader, cluing them in to the seemingly obvious hiding spot of the elephant that the young boy continually overlooks. Children will laugh at the elephant’s comical hiding spots and will also delight in pointing out where the elephant is hiding–a great chance for young readers to practice those prepositions of place! After searching all afternoon, the young boy gives up and the elephant finally reveals himself. Shortly after being reunited, the boy and the elephant are approached by a turtle who suggests a game of tag. However, the turtle warns them that he is very good at playing tag. The story ends with a cheerfully smiling turtle decked out with a racing stripe on his shell and a sweatband on his head. The readers can only guess that (despite the fact that turtles are known for moving slowly) this turtle turns out to be very speedy indeed. A great message that this book subtly presents is if we put stereotypical assumptions aside, we can see that anyone can truly be good at anything. See this book listed in our catalog