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Never Mail an Elephant

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
The narrator has trouble mailing an elephant as a birthday present to Cousin Edna.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published April 11th 1997 by Troll Communications (first published 1993)
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One day the hero of our story, a little (unnamed) freckled-faced boy, decides that he will mail a present for her birthday to his cousin Dilly.

He visits the shops to purchase plenty of wrapping paper and a big ball of string, and empties his piggy bank to get money to buy some stamps from the post office.

He then goes to the zoo and somehow acquires an elephant! He takes it home, covers it with wrapping paper, ties it up with string, puts a fancy bow on it and then addresses it. He does not fancy
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 4-6 year olds
A boy has goes through all the trouble of mailing an elephant to his cousin ... who lives next door: Wrapping paper, string, stamps, an elephant and, of course, there is the mailbox and mailman! Yikes!

The little kids thought it is hilarious - make sure to read it with suspense and it's a great story to ask "What do you think will happen next?" questions.
Oct 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Illustrated by: Jerry Smath
Thaler, M. (1994). Never mail an elephant. United States: Troll Associates.
A little boy decides that he wants to send his cousin an elephant for his birthday. He gets everything he needs to send a package and bought the stamps and then he gets an elephant from the zoo. He wrapped it up and addressed it and stamped. Then he put the elephant in his wagon and took him down to the mailbox. He stuffed it in and the mailman pulled it out and took it down to the post
Jadai Mcgee
Never mail an Elephant is such a fun book to read to children. This little boy wants to mail an elephant to his cousin for her birthday. He comes to some trouble when he finds out it is impossible to mail an elephant! Teachers can read this book to talk about writing letters as well as the do's and don'ts of mailing things.
Laura Carby
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book, fantasy
This story is about a little boy who wants to mail an elephant to his cousin for her birthday. He wraps the elephant, put a stamp on it, tied a bow around it, addressed it, then took it to corner mailbox. It's just a funny story about a young boy using his imagination. I normally read this book before we begin writing friendly letters, teaching the students how to address an envelope!
Robyn Watt
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Great way to teach children about the postal service and what can and can not be mailed. if it is possible to get a mailman as a speaker for the class to the children about the postal service and post office. The children can also learn about writing a letter to a friend or family member, and learn about how to properly address an envelope and stamp it
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is great little book about a boy who tries to mail an elephant to his cousin for her birthday. It's just as monumental a task as it seems!
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Totally made me lol.
Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Funny! For 1st grade.
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is adorable!

I gave it five stars for its audience range, and me too, I suppose! :)
Mary Luzader
A silly book to start with, but the end made me laugh out loud. Loved it.
Gabrielle Zastrow
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Like the theme.... Don't make things so difficult!
Nicole Darby
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Extremely cute story about a boy that tries to mail an elephant to his friend next door.
Kim Miller
A young child would find this funny. A boy trying to mail an Elephant. Its has limited text on each page for easy reading.
jenna nims
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it
typical childrens book
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Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely laughed out loud at the reading of this book. The absurdity of mailing an elephant is enough, but the process the young character went through was hilarious!

The author and illustrator obviously worked closely together to make this an adorable book. The cartoonish illustrations worked perfectly together. I especially loved the look on the mailman's face and the elephant peeping out from the mailbox. What a hoot! Oh, and the stamps...the stamps! *laughs*

This is one of those books that
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Mike Thaler, born in Los Angeles, started his professional career drawing cartoons for adults. A children's book editor saw one of his cartoon stories in a national magazine and encouraged Mike to try writing for children. His first attempt met with success, and "The Magic Boy" was published in 1961.

Mike has produced over 220 published books and is known as “America’s Riddle King.” He has also bee
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