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Elmer's Special Day


3.71  ·  Rating details ·  205 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has been a favorite of children around the world since the first book debuted in 1989. Elmer's Special Day is the latest book in this classic series. It's almost Elmer Day again for the elephants, and they are getting their colorful parade outfits ready. But in their excitement they are making an awful lot of noise and upsetting the other ani ...more
Hardcover, 28 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Andersen Press (first published September 1994)
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Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
A wonderful read from my childhood, one I’d certainly suggest for other youngsters. Whilst it is not my all-time favourite childhood read I can still recall all the details of this one meaning it certainly left a lasting impression upon my young mind.

And isn’t that what we want with children’s books, for them to leave a positive lasting impression?
Kathryn Bergeron
Summary: Elmer's elephant friends get too loud while preparing for Elmer day. The other animals get upset.

Why I Read This: An Aide picked it out for me.

Review: This book made me smile. It's a book about friendship, diversity, and inclusion all under the guise of pretty animals.
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
Great read-aloud for 4-7 y/o. Also lends itself to great craft ideas.
Emma Hamilton
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ks1
KS1- Reception

English: Use the speech within the book and create a script from it. Make an invitation to the other animals asking them to join the parade. Can you plan your own version of Elmer’s Special Day?

Maths: Look at the patterns on Elmer and the book, can you make your own repeating patterns?

ICT: Using a paint programme can you make your own elephant mask?
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Easy library choice due to its bright colors. What a great story! The illustrations make the book especially wonderful. On Elmer's Day, all the elephants (and other animals) paint themselves brightly for a parade in honor of Elmer, who colors himself to look like a normal, gray elephant. Each page shows more brightly colored and excited animals celebrating Elmer :) Very cute.
Oct 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I still prefer the original Elmer- but this one is fun and has even brighter illustrations!
Oct 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
We love, love, love Elmer. And we love the meaning behind this story. Great for teaching kids that EVERYONE is special!
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Shelves: 2016-new
Mar 18, 2013 rated it liked it
No one is left out of the elephant parade. A colorful story of inclusion.
Very colorful and cute story. I love Elmer the patchwork elephant and how cooperative and fun-loving all his friends are.
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bedtime-stories
A fun, colorful book.
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Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: meggie-list
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Oct 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the 2nd book in the series we are reading and my 3 year old just loved it. The book is fun, colorful with beautiful illustrations.
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-library
39 months - a fairly simple book about celebrating our differences and including other.
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David McKee (born 2 January 1935) is a British writer and illustrator, chiefly of children's books and animations. He has used the pseudonym Violet Easton. He is frequently referenced as David (John) McKee.

For his contribution as a children's illustrator he was UK nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006.

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