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Elmer: The Story of a Patchwork Elephant Hardcover – 4 May 1989


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  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen Press; Rev Ed edition (4 May 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0862642086
  • ISBN-13: 978-0862642082
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 0.9 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 538,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David McKee's first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.

David McKee was born and brought up in South Devon, where he went from grammar school to Plymouth Art College. Whilst still at college he started selling one-off cartoons to newspapers and on graduation, he began to contribute to such publications as Punch, Times Education Supplement and the Reader's Digest. His first book, Two Can Toucan was published in 1964 and since then he has written and illustrated numerous children's books. As well as his own books, which include the popular best-selling Elmer series, David illustrates for a number of other writers including Michael Bond's Paddington Bear and Forrest Wilson's SuperGran books.

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"Every child should get to know Elmer the patchwork elephant.'" (Riveting Reads SLA 3-6)

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The very first book about Elmer the patchwork elephant.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 April 2002
Format: Paperback
Elmer by David McKee is an extremely amusing, colourful book with a lovely moral to it. It tells the story of a multi-coloured elephant who, for once in his life, wants to mingle with the rest of his herd and be like all the others. When he does this he finds out what his true purpose is in life and that is to make the other elephants happy. A lovely story to read to a child and enjoyable for adults too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sio B on 25 Oct. 2014
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If I'd known this was the American version I wouldn't have bought it. Having words spelt incorrectly on most pages is not what I wanted for my son. Feel cheated by Amazon and have brought it to their attention so nobody else is disappointed!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2001
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All the Elmer books are brilliant. This is the first in the series. Elmer is a lovable elephant, who likes to play jokes on the other elephants. Once read you will fall in love with Elmer, and just have to read the other books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DJF on 8 Feb. 2014
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I absolutely love the story of Elmer and have done since I first read it to my children over 20 years ago. Elmer feels a little bit different and left out of the elephant group de to his bright colours. However, he plays a practical joke on the whole herd who fall about laughing and create an annual Elmer day.
This is a very gentle story that acknowledges that it can be difficult and lonely being different from the herd. However it comes around at the end to celebrate Elmer's uniqueness and turns a negative feeling into a positive one.
A good fun story with a positive message.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Milne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
My two little boys, (ages 3 and 5), both love Elmer books, but I think that this one is our favourite.

In this story Elmer is fed up of being different, and hatches a plan to be just like all the other elephants. However, he soon finds that although he now looks the same as everyone else, they still recognise him due to his playful nature. The ending is sure to put a smile on anyone's face...and I'm sure that my sons carefully check every elephant they ever see, just in case it is Elmer!

The illustrations are lovely, colourful, (obviously?!), and provide lots to talk about. Recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By L. Senior on 6 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when i was 7, i'm 21 now and still love it!!
It lets kids know that it's ok to be different.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By G. Munday on 16 Sept. 2008
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Elmer the colourful elephant is made to feel ashamed for his differences, and covers his `true colours', as he is dazzling a patchwork of colours instead of being grey. In order to blend in, Elmer paints himself grey, but sooner after the other elephants literally see through his disguise as it washes off in front of them. Elmer is ridiculed, but it isn't long before they all see the errors of their ways and decide to celebrate his rainbow colours by decorating themselves in a similar fashion to Elmer.

For Reception, and Years ! and 2, the book raises points on key subjects such as cultural differences and acceptance of others values. It was used at [Primary School] as part of KS1 themed week, with art activities and hall displays. Through personally assisting with this themed week, I realised how many avenues books such as these can open up for a class.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Janet Liepa on 11 Nov. 2014
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I bought this book for my pre-school granddaughter. I am very disappointed to discover that it is, in fact, a US version, with the American spelling of 'color' throughout. Thankfully, the other book I bought with it - Elmer's Colours - uses the UK spelling. I shall just have to hope that my granddaughter has grown out of 'Elmer's before she masters the skill of reading. Please do not send out US editions in the UK!
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