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Apr 19 2013

Monkey and Elephant get better by Carole Lexa Schaefer

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Ill. by Galia Bernstein. Candlewick Press, 2013. ISBN 9780763648411
(Age: 3+) Picture book. Animals. Friendship. Two friends, Monkey and Elephant do many things together. Monkey is a little fazed when Elephant seems to be forever doing the same things as he is. He asks him not to copy, but when Elephant comes down with a cold, Monkey tries very hard to help him get over it. When Monkey brings along some fresh hay and water, Elephant does not lie on the hay or drink the water, as Monkey expects, rather he soaks the hay in the water and then eats it. Monkey suggest that Elephant moves into the shade to stay cool, but Elephant prefers to stay in the sun and keep warm.
When the reverse happens, it is Monkey who needs to stay in the shade, and drink water and rest on the hay, as Elephant trumpets his song.
The two come to realise that although they are good friends there are differences, and so these are celebrated.
With the look and feel of a reader, this hardcover book may suit a reader box, or perhaps a class where differences are under discussion.
Fran Knight

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