Now this is a day to celebrate! The world can always use more kindness, and what better way to celebrate than with a picture book about friendship, inclusion, and kindness.
Oh, how I love this book! The story starts on the cover: A boy and his pet elephant stand, facing a door with a sign: Strictly No Elephants. Then the opening pages (hugged in elephant-gray end papers) tell the reader that the boy doesn’t feel like he fits in. His pet may be different from everyone else’s, but he clearly loves and cares for him just like any good pet owner (and friend) would do. Not to worry! The boy finds a friend who also feels excluded, and they find more friends, and so on. Spoiler: they make their own pet club, and, in the end, everyone wins. Lisa Mantchev’s text evokes emotion and empathy, and Taeeun Yoo’s soft color palette complement the tone of this story of inclusion, friendship, and kindness. With elephants, skunks, giraffes, penguins, narwhals, and friends, this is a win-win!
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Heather is a busy wife and mom of five rambunctious children and one lovable pup They all provide lots of distractions, but oodles of inspiration. Sometimes the pictures and ideas in her head turn into her own children's stories, but she always makes time to read other people's books. Sometimes she reviews them here.