Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Let's meet Eli the elephant in the storybook Eli's Owie and the Butterfly Kiss (Raising Kids in Hope) by Marianne Hegg. Eli the elephant was walking in the jungle and he got hurt by bumping his trunk. It was sore and so he went in search of help. He saw a monkey and his friend busy juggling bananas but they could not help Eli. Then he saw a hippo who was busy blowing bubbles in the water and could not help either. Eli kept on walking and he saw something hiding in the grass. He thought it would be able to help make his owie better but he saw that the tiger was busy counting its black and orange stripes. Eli did not want to give up and he went to the river, but the crocodile and the turtles were all busy and there was no one to help him make his owie better. Would he be able to find someone who would be able to make his owie better?
Eli's Owie and the Butterfly Kiss is adorable and the wonderful illustrations done by Marianne Hegg herself teach children about colors and basic counting. Eli's story also gives hope to readers and the colorful illustrations, artwork, and story make it a perfect book for children to read and enjoy. It is a good book for bedtime and tutors can use it in classrooms for storytelling sessions and introducing their students to counting, colors, and animals in an interactive way. Books like this are good to teach young readers interesting things in a fun way, by pulling them into the story and making the characters palpable to them.