Today's pick for Perfect Picture Book Friday
|Daddy Could I Have an Elephant?,|
Written by Jake Wolf ,
Illustrated by Marylin Hafner
Written by Jake Wolf and Illustrated by Marylin Hafner
Greenwillow Books, 1996, Fiction, ages 4-8, word count 327
Pets, Animals, Imagination, Responsibility
"Daddy," said Tony, "I need a pet."
"You do?" said his father.
"Yes," said Tony.
"What kind?" said his father.
"Could I have an elephant?" said Tony.
So begins the dialogue between father and son. Tony wants a pet, but nothing ordinary will do. His father patiently asks common sense questions about taking care of exotic animals in a city apartment. Undeterred, Tony's answers become more and more imaginative.
What I Love:
There are plenty of books about kids who want outrageous pets. I like this one for its wordless beginning and ending. I love the relationship between father and son in this book: the dad is subtly teaching his son how to think through a problem. Each time I read this as an adult, I suspect Dad has a plan in the back of his mind and is just stalling for time. My 8 year-old reader loves the comic backstory that is added by the illustrator - an extension of the text the author wrote.
1. Take a trip to the local pet store, or better yet, a shelter. Kids can visit and volunteer at an animal rescue center. They have plenty of information on what it takes to care for a pet.
2. While you're at it, why not organize a drive to collect donations for your town's animal shelter. They are always in need of food, toys, towels, newspapers, and other supplies. Check with the front desk to see what they need most.
3. Older readers will enjoy making origami elephants or a host of other animals available online.
Check out all the recommended titles for Perfect Picture Book Friday for March 29, 2013.
Thanks to Susanna Leonard Hill
Looking for books with similar themes? I like Tight Times, Teacher's Pets, The Trouble With Elephants, Children Make Terrible Pets, or If I Had a Dragon.