Elmer: A classic collection by David McKee
Andersen Press, 2019. ISBN: 9781783448678. 152pp., hbk.
Thirty years ago I discovered a lovable character that has been an integral part of the lives of the very young students I've taught and my grandchildren - a patchwork elephant called Elmer. Every time his creator David McKee offered a new story, it was in my hands and in the ears of the nearest children. So now, to have a collection of the five earliest stories in one volume is heaven on a stick for such a fan.
Featuring Elmer, Elmer and the rainbow, Elmer and the lost teddy, Elmer in the snow, and Elmer's special day, just five of the 27 stories in the series, the little patchwork elephant who likes to play jokes on his friends but is always compassionate and helpful, is set to make a whole new generation of fans, as parents discover this childhood favourite all over again.