Elmer and Butterfly (Elmer Books) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-01-11 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings

" Reminded me of "The Lion and the Mouse" plot. Love the way Mr. McKee fills up the illustrations with lots of visually stimulating colors. " said.

" Elmer the patchwork elephant helps a trapped butterfly, then later needs help from butterfly himself. " said.

" Beautiful illustrations and cute story! My daughter loved Elmer! We cannot wait read more about this colorful elephant's adventures for sure <3 " said.

" These books are really visually attractive but the storytelling language seems a little ... stiff or formal. " said.

" Elmer and the Butterfly (2014)David McKee(Fantasy)This book reads very much like a modern day folktale, similar to the Lion and the Mouse, in which a small creature helps a large creature. With it's overly predictable plot, I didn't love this book; but I did realize that it was part of a collection of "Elmer" books that might be worth checking out. " said.

" Cute story. Since we're studying butterflies right now this seemed to be a good one. We were a little stumped by the idea of a patchwork elephant. Why is he patchwork? The other stumpifying material was the elephant's friend, Wilbur. He seems to play a significant part of the story by throwing his voice, but he isn't a significant part of the story.We did love the idea that a butterfly could save an elephant though. Everyone has strengths! " said.

"Everyone's favorite patchwork elephant is back in Elmer and Butterfly by David McKee.

When Elmer helps Butterfly get out of a hole blocked by a fallen branch, he doubts that she will be able to return the favor. Then Elmer wanders onto a narrow path and becomes trapped in a cave. With Butterfly's help, Elmer's cousin Wilbur and the other elephants mount a rescue.

This story reminiscent of the fable of "The Lion and the Mouse" but also includes McKee's own brand of writing and humor.

Butterfly reminds readers that even the smallest animals can help a friend in need. McKee's signature style includes high contrast and sharp detail on every page along with easy to read text. Bold colors and whimsical illustrations make this an excellent read-aloud choice, while longer text selections on each page make this book ideal for older storytime attendees as well.

*A more condensed version of this review appeared in an issue of School Library Journal from which it can be seen in various sites online*
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" An interesting twist on "The Lion and the Mouse" fableFables " said.

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