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I've Got an Elephant

Anne Ginkel

Owning an elephant is terrific--until he gets lonely and invites a friend over. Fun and silliness abound in this buoyant counting book.

Every time a busy little girl leaves home, her elephant friend gets lonely. So, he invites more elephants over and they all join the little girl in all her fun activities, from swimming in the local pool to dancing in her ballet class!

As the number of elephants increases, so do their antics, and the resourceful heroine finally has to find her companions a new home where she can visit them...and make a few new friends too.

Readers will be amused by the exuberant characters and mounting silliness in Anne Ginkel's unique counting tale. Illustrator Janie Bynum's brightly colored illustrations and affectionately drawn, expressive characters capture the story's good-natured fun.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: Feb 5th, 2013
  • Pages: 32
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 10.60in - 8.80in - 0.20in - 0.35lb
  • EAN: 9781561456857
  • Recommended age: 04-08
  • Categories: Humorous StoriesAnimals - ElephantsStories in Verse (see also Poetry)

About the Author

Anne Ginkel is a former teacher in the United States and England. She holds degrees from St. Joseph's College, the University of Warwick in England, and Southern College of Technology. For many years, she owned Hobbit Hall Children's Bookstore in Atlanta. She lives in New Jersey.

Janie Bynum grew up in Texas and graduated from the University of North Texas with a BFA in graphic design with an emphasis on illustration. As an author-illustrator, she has created many lovable characters and stories for younger children; she has also illustrated books by other writers. She lives in Michigan.

Praise for this book

"Debuting author (and former children's bookstore owner) Ginkel keeps her rhymes simple and catchy, while Bynum (Altoona Baboona) uses chipper watercolors to dress up the pachyderms in silly outfits (including Superman pajamas and tutus) and place them in unlikely situations (sledding, going to scary movies). Preschoolers will likely enjoy the accumulation of affectionate elephants, the improbability of their behavior and the self-assurance of the plucky narrator." --Publishers Weekly

"Matching the buoyant, gently humorous tone of the text are the sunny illustrations. . . Fun for reading aloud." --Booklist

"An entertaining addition to collections of counting tales." --School Library Journal

"Crisp, rhyming text and warm, appealing illustrations will make this counting book a favorite with the very young." --Kirkus Reviews