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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
The title is the first plus point dreamed up by Sherry Ellis. Which child, even a normally obedient youngster, could resist being told Don’t Feed the Elephant? I could almost hear the instant question – why not? Very probably with the addition of “the elephant must be hungry”. Well, this elephant’s favourite food list begins with Animal Crackers, Brownies – chocolate, obviously – and Cotton Candy, and he’s not a polite elephant, so it’s you who ends in “an icky sticky mess”. In fact, the elephant likes food beginning with every letter of the alphabet, and he behaves very badly with them all if you fail to tell him “No!” From those Animal Crackers, not forgetting the footballs – sorry, meatballs – to Zebra Cake, the elephant causes trouble. Wouldn’t you like to know what else he does?
Don’t Feed the Elephant by Sherry Ellis is a picture book beautifully illustrated by Md. Anwar in bright pastel shades with a recognizable figure of a boy being asked by the unlikely but unmistakable and colorful elephant for snacks. The other animals included are lifelike. It is written for five and six-year-olds and its appeal to pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children is obvious. Read often – likely because it’s sure to be a favorite book – it would teach them the alphabet and the spelling of many simple, everyday words. It even has an innovative term to represent “X” – xigua melons (watermelons) – the most unusual but easily explained word I’ve seen in an alphabet-based book. A great gift with a special page for “to” and “from”.