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Tusk Tusk [Paperback]

David McKee
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3 Aug 2006
Once elephants came in two colours: black or white. They loved all other creatures - but each set wanted to exterminate the elephants that were not the same as themselves. Peace-loving individuals ran and hid in the deepest jungle, and battle commenced. The war-mongers all succeeded. For a long time it seemed that there were no elephants in the world at all, not of any colour. But then the descendants of the peace-loving ones emerged from the jungle, and by now they were all grey.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Andersen; New Ed edition (3 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842705792
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842705797
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 20 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,261 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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"A first lesson in tolerance. The illustrations are exceptionally ingenious . . . the colours are especially lovely." (T.E.S.)

"[David McKee] is considered one of the UK's leading children's book illustrators." (Artist & Illustrators Magazine)

"A very thought-provoking tale for young children . . . which provides a lesson in tolerance" (NPhA News)

"David McKee's versatility is astonishing" (School Librarian)

"David McKee's versatility is astonishing" (The School Librarian)

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The classic story about prejudice and conflict, more applicable now than ever.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moral tale for child and parent alike 19 Jun 2003
Of all the books I read to my children when they were small, this was the one that left the greatest mark.
Why? Because it has wicked twist in its tail, which was probably lost on the kids, but had me rolling on the floor.
A short snappy tale, imaginatively illustrated - the battle scene is great! - with a punch line that I have never forgotten.
And please - do not turn to the last page until you have read all that has gone before!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is a classic picture book that is really useful for introducing ideas such as prejudice, racism and tolerance. My old version is almost falling apart after years of sharing with many classes of children (of all ages) and I'm delighted that it is available again. I'm even of thinking of buying two copies so I always have one good copy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An excellent book to introduce racism, intolerance, prejudice and injustice to children and teenagers. I work with Year 6 children (10-11 years old) and this is a text that is a valuable starting point.

Picture books can be perfect for young children but there are many that are far more sophisticated and that tackle much weighter issues than a 3 or 4 year old needs to have shared with them.

Picture books aren't just for infants!
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