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Aug 03 2015

The elf flute by Anna Branford

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Lily the Elf series. Walker Books, 2015. ISBN 9781925081077
(Age: 5+) Themes: Overcoming difficulties; Learning new skills. Lily the elf, a young and aspiring elf-poet, is given a new elf flute. She discovers it is not as easy as she would like to master playing it.Despite her practising she barely can get more than a whooshing sound from the flute and this means she cannot perform at the elf concert with her new flute. Prompted by a helpful suggestion from her granny, Lily incorporates her flute into her poetry reading at the concert with great success.
This is a very simple chapter book for very young independent readers or struggling readers. It does reveal a character that overcomes disappointment and solves problems. The adult character makes suggestions, but the young elf acts on those suggestions independently. Simple black and white illustrations by Lisa Coutts are included.
Carolyn Hull

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