HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Little Elephant
Author: Miela Ford
Illustrator: Tana Hoban
Publisher: Harcourt School Publishers, republished in 2000
ISBN-13: 978-0688131401 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0688131409 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0153133862 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0153133864 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Rating: 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Ford, Miela. Little Elephant (published in 1994 by Greenwillow Books). A simple, large-print text with brief captions by author Miela Ford and spectacular, full-color photographs by Tana Hoban document the life of a baby elephant in a zoo and how its mother takes care of it. What could be more fun than splashing about in a pool of water? The little elephant loves to play in its cage while its mother is watching and waiting. “A big splash….Under I go….Can you see me?…Here I am.” The youngster then goes looking for its mother and finds her standing nearby.
We checked this book out of the library for our older son Mark when he was learning to read for extra practice and a supplement to his science studies. It is also great for reading aloud one-on-one or with a small group. Little ones will enjoy the antics of the small elephant while noticing clearly the wrinkles on its skin and the long hairs on its back in the illustrations. The front cover shows the faces of the elephants with the tail ends on the back cover. The School Library Journal said, “A childlike sense of joy and exuberance come through in this charming picture book with enormous appeal.”