Ella 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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(267mm x 210mm x 6mm)
Publisher: Scholastic US
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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
Carmela D'Amico grew up with the modest goal of trying her hand at everything once. As of today, she's completed about 32% of her mission. Meanwhile, she documents her interest in everything under the sun by writing kids books, young adult fiction, essays, poems and anything else that strikes her fancy. Steve D'Amico began drawing dinosaurs and superheroes at the age of five and was the cartoonist for his high school newspaper. Eventually he became Senior Art Director at Seattle-based Smashing Ideas where he designed and illustrated numerous games and websites for kids. Steve is the illustrator of several children's books, including the award-winning Ella The Elephant books, which became an animated TV series in 2014. He continues to illustrate and has two new books due out in 2015.