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Elephants Can't Jump!

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  159 ratings  ·  37 reviews
When the other baby animals laugh at Elephant for not being able to jump, he sets out to prove them wrong. Hard as he tries, he just can't jump. But then he realizes that he can do something else that no other animal can do . . . ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 1st 2015 by Andersen Press (first published March 1st 2015)
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Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-fic
This book really wanted to be cute and Adrian Reynolds illustrations are adorable. But I just couldn't like it. All of elephants friends (presumably they're his friends) laugh at him because he can't jump like they can. I have problems with this--I would have liked to see his friends compassionately help elephant find out what he was good at. That is something I could have overlooked, because after all, kids laugh at each other all the time and not every book has to be touchy-feel good and can b ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
As far as my research bears out, it is certainly true that elephants can't jump. However, giraffes can technically jump, but they're not very good at it, and a giraffe is certainly in no position to make an elephant feel bad about not jumping. I feel like books like this can oversimplify the principles they are trying to espouse, i.e. people are good at different things. Yes, that's true, but they're good at them at different levels of proficiency as well. I'm not sure how to get at what I'm try ...more
Myrna Rodriguez
Jun 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Besides the fact that Elephant didn't eat for five days; it accomplished the purpose to read it with my non-verbal son, since we have been studying jumping. At the end I said, Elephant can't jump, can you jump? He stood up and jump and laughed. So at the end it worked for us. ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it did not like it
"Elephants can't jump!" laughed Giraffe. "Perhaps I could if I wasn't so heavy," thought Elephant. So he had no dinner for five whole days. Really, really, well that is a terrible message!! ...more
Sue Winson
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Some parents might “jump” up and down accusing this story for sending some “bad” messages to their kids. Most parents are not happy about the elephants’ friends (giraffe, monkey and lion) laughing and “teasing” poor elephant because he can’t jump. Some are not happy about the elephant’s decision of not having dinner for five days so that he could try jumping again. “Wrong wrong wrong!”, they said.

While I respect such comments, I personally think this book reflects the reality of society interact
Michael Lausche
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a book that had a good moral purpose behind it, but did not appeal to me all that much. It starts off by showing how eager the elephant wanted to learn how to jump, but simply couldn't do it. No matter how hard he tried, and anything that the elephant thought would help him jump, did not help him or work. All of the other animals such as the monkey, lion, and giraffe, made fun of the elephant for not being able to jump. Near the end of the story, all of those animals find themselves in ...more
A fun story about an elephant who learns that while he may not be good at some things, he is good at others. The overall message is that we all have talents to contribute and we should support each other instead of laughing at each other.
The illustrations are magnificent and the story is fun, I'd love to give this one four stars, but I'm not a fan of elephant not eating for 5 days because perhaps he's too fat to jump. Then, when that doesn't work he binge eats and stands on the scale while growi
Alicia Evans
I read this book in preparation for the jungle storytime this week. Elephant is told they can't jump so they try to overcome this. While this sounds like a cute premise, Elephant tries things like not eating for 5 days to be lighter and then binging afterwards in a heap of dispair. That part could be left out or explained away with conversation, but it is very jarring.

For: jungle animal fans; readers wanting a book about finding out about one's strengths.

Possible red flags: some readers may wor
Lynn  Davidson
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an adorable story made even more adorable by the illustrations. Little elephant tried and tried, but he just couldn't jump, but Lion and Monkey and Giraffe could. When he saw a boy who needed rescuing Elephant couldn't jump down to save him. The other baby animals tried to help the boy, but the situation got worse and worse as each one added to the problem. Then Elephant discovered what he COULD do that the others couldn't. Enjoyable story. ...more
Apr 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Elephants can't jump, and according to his Father, Mother, and Aunt it has something to do with their knees, and the way they are made, and other things. But Elephant is determined to jump, but no matter what he does he cannot jump. Finally an incident occurs, that makes Elephant's heart jump for joy, even when his feet never leaves the ground. ...more
Amanda Silva
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Little elephant can’t jump and his friends are real jerks about it. This drives elephant to bouts of anorexia and binge eating as he stoops into depression, until one day he learns he has a trunk, which is way cooler than jumping. Don’t read your kid this book. Just don’t.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kid-literature
Very cute story about differences, finding and believing in your own strengths and talents. The story was easy to read and easy to follow for younger children. The pictures are very colorful and fun.
Jul 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Friends laughing at each other. An elephant not eating to be able to accomplish something, then binge eating when that didn't work. Am I reading too much into this? Either way, I just couldn't get past those things. ...more
Beautifully illustrated with a good, solid story!
Viviane Elbee
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This cute little elephant tries jumping in all sorts of ways ... but elephants can’t jump.

In the end though the little elephant does something special that only he can do.
Suzanne Kunz Williams
I loved this book. I love how it shows us that just because we can't do things that everyone can do doesn't mean that we don't have our unique gifts as well that can bless the world. ...more
Raquel Schmitt
Sep 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 25-picture-books
All the other animals can jump, but elephant. Then he realizes that he can do something that all the other animals cannot do. Read it to find out :)
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: animal, picture-books
In Willis’ delightful story, baby elephant is told that elephants can’t jump. “It’s just they way we’re made, said his mother. Something to do with our knees, said his father.” But elephant is determined to prove his family wrong. Elephant comes up with several schemes to show that he can jump, such as running fast, using a trampoline and climbing to the top of a hill. No matter what elephant tries, he fails and the other animals are there to laugh and remind him that ‘elephants can’t jump’. But ...more
Sandra Guerfi
Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Even though everyone tells him that he can't, little Elephant wants to jump really badly. He tries all sorts of things but he just can't much to the amusement of the other animals but then a little boy needs help and in trying to rescue him the other animals find themselves in need of help too, and only Elephant can save the day. Real crowd favorite. ...more
Aug 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, children
This is a cute, if slightly didactic, story about an elephant who is teased by other animals (peers) because he is unable to do something they can do. By attempting to fit in, he discovers that his own unique ability saves the day. The theme is plainly expressed and while it could use a little finesse, children will surely enjoy the bright illustrations and punchy storyline. Recommended.
Elisa Pereyra-Molina
Sep 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
All the animals laugh at Elephant because he can't jump. He tries and tries, but just cannot do it. Eventually, he does something that no other animal can do and they stop laughing at him. I really don't like that they all laugh at him so much. ...more
Juliana Lee
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
It’s tough being little sometimes. There are lots of things we want to do that we just can’t. Maybe it’s time to start thinking about what we CAN do and do those things to the best of our ability.
Christine Grant
I really hated that the elephant doesn't eat dinner for five days in order to lose weight so that he could jump. I hadn't thoroughly pre-read was a little embarrassed when I got to that part. Other than that, it was a cute story and the kids liked it. ...more
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The illustrations were way cute and the text was funny. I would have a lot of fun with this one at story time.
Mar 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Very cute, with adorable illustrations. A pretty good self-worth message minus the whole dieting thing which seemed out of place.
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
Cute enough, but not great.
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Elephant can't jump, but he saves the day with his strong trunk. Perfect for preschool age. ...more
Edward Sullivan
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Maybe not jump but he can save the day.
Apr 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture
I learned something new when I read this book. Elephants can't jump, but they can also do something several of the other rain forest animals can't do in this book.

Cute illustrations.
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Jeanne Willis was born in St Albans and trained as an advertising copywriter at Watford College. She worked for various agencies creating press adverts and TV, cinema and radio commercials. She is now a full-time writer and has published over 80 books. Her hobbies include gardening, reading (non-fiction), natural history and collecting caterpillars. Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, includ ...more

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