Ella the Elegant Elephant
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Ella the Elegant Elephant by Carmelo D'Amico
Book DescriptionElla is nervous about the first day of school in her new town, but wearing her grandmother's good luck hat makes her feel better--until the other students tease her and call her names.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780439627924
(267mm x 210mm x 6mm)
Imprint: Scholastic US
Publisher: Scholastic US
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2004
Country of Publication: United States
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US Kirkus Review » A pint-sized pachyderm learns the value of self-reliance in this winsome husband-and-wife debut. When Ella is bequeathed her grandmother's "good luck hat," she finds it a good source of Dutch courage for dealing with the twin foes of grade-school drama: being the new kid and coping with the class bully. While the author's fantastical tale relies on a bit of whimsy to pull Ella through her perilous moments, the true message is Ella's remarkable ability to remain true to herself. The illustrator's full-color illustrations have a distinctly Arabian feel, depicting an exotic pachyderm haven ("somewhere in the great, wide Indian Ocean") filled with tropical hues and domed-topped towers. As a throng of elephants all dressed in dark navy uniforms (and Ella in her hat) diligently files into the school gates labeled "Ecole," astute observers may recognize a somewhat tongue-in-cheek reference to that other blue-suited heroine, Madeline. The D'Amicos' tale offers a gentle reassurance to readers that despite the trials of grade-school dilemmas, it will all turn out well in the end. Ella is a stand-out. (Picture book. 4-8) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Carmelo D'Amico
Ella the Elegant Elephant is the brainchild of the husband-and-wife team, Carmela and Steven D'Amico. Steven, with a strong interest in illustration, and Carmela, with a background in writing, had wanted to work together on a children's book project for years, even before they were married. Carmela explains, \u201cI was striving for something substantial enough to stand alone as a story, but would also serve to showcase Steven's talents.\u201d The idea of Ella the Elephant came to Carmela in a dream, and the couple developed the stories from there.
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