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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
In Oy, Elephants! by Deborah Stevenson, the author blends two topics together; that of taking care of elephants so that they survive for future generations to appreciate, and she also showcases the bonding between grandparents and grandchildren. Joel is excited to spend his school break with his grandparents in Florida, but he is worried about how he is going to spend his time with them. He is happy to see the new neighbors of his grandparents - a pair of retired circus elephants, Lou and Martha. The story shows how Joel’s holiday with his grandparents turns out to be exciting in the company of the elephants.
The author weaves two concepts into the story with ease and makes it appealing to children. The illustrations are delightful and charming and they breathe life into the characters and scenes. Elephants are endangered animals and the author does her bit to educate readers more about elephants. Joel’s friendship with the two elephants shows how friendship with animals can actually enrich our lives. The dual concepts in the story make it ideal for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. It is also a good bedtime storytelling book for parents and grandparents to read out to their children and grandchildren. It is fun to read the book and see how Joel’s holiday turns into an adventure and how he bonds with his grandparents. It is a story for all animal lovers and gives information to young readers about elephants.