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If an Elephant Went to School

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  137 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Would an elephant learn the ABCs if she went to school? No way! She would learn to use her trunk as a nose, a straw, a hand, and a hose!

Through a series of questions and answers, readers learn about animals and their unique behaviors. And in the end, you might find yourself asking just what would you learn.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 11th 2015 by Mighty Media Kids
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Vera Godley
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I previously reviewed Ellen Fischer’s If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant and found it to be fun to look at just what various animals and critters would eat at restaurants. Ms. Fischer has just released a second in this series and it is just in time for those little ones going to school – either for the first time or returning – If An Elephant Went to School. Frankly, I enjoyed this one even more than the Armadillo story. This is just plain fun.

Laura Woods is again illustrating this book just a
Kristina Jean Lareau
When animals go to school, do they learn Math and Spelling? No, they would learn how to animal.

The title of this book is rather deceptive. I was expecting a plot a la If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Instead, the author offers a variety of typical options for learning and counters with what real animals could learn at school. While there is factual information couched in this picturebook, it does lack any type of plot. Sure, it has a definite structure and fantastic illustrations, yet thee"If a ani
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5/5 — I absolutely love the illustrations!
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: prek-books
I really loved the illustrations in this book. They are beautiful, vibrant, and I love the way they are laid out. Great design and layout! The story was alright. I expected this book to be about an elephant going to school and it was completely the opposite.


It was about guessing what an animal (random animals) would learn at school and then you would find out what that animal would actually learn if they went to school. So it was cool to see what each animal would learn if they a
Ellen Fischer and Laura Wood imagine what it would be like if different animals went to school - what would they learn? Often picture book animal characters are shown anthropomorphically - doing human/kid things that they wouldn't ever do otherwise (like reading, writing, math, etc.). In this book, an elephant student learns to do things with her trunk, a frog learns to catch bugs with her tongue, and a skunk learns how to spray. Kids will giggle over the animals depicted in human schools and po ...more
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: id
I love the predictability of the text. I used with my younger ID classes to work on using core boards and iPads to practice identifying No/Not/Don't/Yes.

I like the exposure to a wide variety of animals and their skills. I also like the contrasting of what animals need vs. what we would need.

Also, great for kids just starting school and helping them understand what happens at school.
Rosalind Andrews
Nov 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pretty into the pictures. Quiet.
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: storytime
a great book for getting over first day of school nerves, plus it's just silly
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: kidlit lovers!
Have you ever wondered.. If an ELEPHANT went to school, what would she learn?Would she learn to read and write like you do? NO! He would probably learn to use her trunk in different ways! What if an OWL wen to school? What would he learn in class? Counting from one to hundred?

This is another super sweet, quirky, silly but FUN installment from Ellen Fischer’s series of books. After her first “If an Armadillo went to a Restaurant” , we were looking forward to another “If a __” book and this one D
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis- If an elephant went to school, what would she learn? Why, she most certainly wouldn’t learn the ABC’s! She’d learn how to use her trunk as a multi-tool! What about an owl? What would he learn? And a zebra? What about him? And, most importantly, what would YOU learn, if you went to school?

What I Thought- This is a really cute picture book! I like that it teaches kids about what animals would learn to live a nice life for them. It’s funny how it shows the animal in question first in a sc
Sep 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This story focuses on what an elephant would, do learn if she went to school, what would she learn? Why, she most certainly wouldn’t learn the ABC’s! She’d learn how to use her trunk as a multi-tool!.

Not only will children feel engaged with the questions and answers that are in the book, but they will also admire the fact that an animal can go to school. The author’s ‘Imagine that!’ makes it highly imaginative for children and they are able to create a picture of the elephant attending school. T
Carrie Charley Brown
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
IF AN ELEPHANT WENT TO SCHOOL offers an opportunity for young children aged 2-6 to become engaged, successful readers who also learn about animal behaviors. Through repetitive sentences, structured as questions and answers, children will experience a story they want to repeat; an important prereading skill. By comparing animals in a personified classroom environment to their own realistic habitats and behaviors, children will make text to world connections. With playful illustrations that transp ...more
The Styling Librarian
Jun 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
If an elephant went to school by Ellen Fischer, illustrated by Laura Wood – Release date: July 21st, 2015- I love the repeatative text this book has, lends not only to a wonderful read aloud experience for children but additionally a mentor text that has writing extension opportunities. Also, there could be a fun research writing extension for younger classes, for example: children could choose another animal to ask a question about and do a little research to share an unique feature of the anim ...more
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First, a disclaimer: I received this book in a goodreads first-reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

This book is too cute for words! "If an Elephant Went to School" doesn't read like the typical picture book. Instead of content that is made up in fiction, the book produces probable cause scenarios geared to making a small child think logically. The pictures of absolutely adorable and I loved that it is educational! "If an Elephant Went to School" is an attention grabbing book that is
Sandy Brehl
Youngest readers will enjoy the premise and the comic-style animal characters. The very basic information about each animal is presented simply and effectively, as are the images of school settings and learning tools. When the concluding question turns to the readers, it opens a gentle opportunity to discuss school subjects and routines for someone anticipating first days of school.

This could pair well with Janet Halfmann's ANIMAL TEACHERS, which moves the conversation about animals and how they
Lisa Boyd
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Excellent book for an older kid story time. There could be a fun back and forth about the animals and what they are expected to learn in school. This book has bright cheerful illustrations and the art style is fun. Due to the business of the illustrations, I think it would work better for prek - 1 grade story time. This book would also be great to use as a pre cursor to a science unit on any of the animals in the book or about babies or life cycles.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
What would happen if an elephant went to school? What would she learn? What about an owl? or an Eel? Would they learn the same things as regular boys and girls? Of course not! This silly fun read is perfect for little ones who are curious about school or love imagining what it would like to have a skunk as a fellow student.
Apr 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is really creative and fun! What would an elephant learn if she went to school? Not ABCs, real things that elephants do! Though, more artfully described ;D I love this fun format that invites your storytime group to answer back and really participate while providing fun and interesting animal facts. A great one for STEM and animal storytimes!
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute. My 2 year old granddaughter thought it was going to be all elephants instead of other animals, too. She kept going back to the elephant page. It was a very cute book and my 6 year old granddaughter liked it, but it was meant more for a younger child.
Debbie Tanner
This is a funny book that you could use in two ways, one to talk about the kinds of things that are expected in school but also to talk about animal behavior. The pictures are adorable and I can see this one as mentor text for writing.
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won this through goodreads. It is a very cute and educational book to read with children. They will learn about different animals and what they do. The book will spark great conversation with children.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute and informative! Could be a starter to a very basic research paper for the younger elementary students.
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love the silent political message of anti-standardized testing. I Love the last page showing the Arts as subjects of learning. Great book that celebrates our unique differences
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cute story that compares what young animals learn compared to young humans.

Good for preschool storytimes.
Samantha McAtee
Oct 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Focuses on the jobs of specific animals and what they would learn at school, and also what humans learn. Very cute illustrations!
Jan 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Nice for preschool, maybe K
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: school
Would animals learn the same thing humans learn at school? No way!
Valerie Wyse
Aug 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Love this children's book! Very well illustrated and cute little story line about each animal and how they learn.
Dec 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Kid friendly illustrations and text - so much to learn!
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
A fun picture book introduction to the habits of animals, its educational in a way that makes you laugh. The illustrations are delightful.
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