The Smallest Elephant in the World – Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Milton Glase

 The Smallest Elephant in the World – Alvin Tresselt, illustrated by Milton Glaser, Enchanted Lion Books, 9781592702619, 2019

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Picture

What did you like about the book? This is a sweet little story about trying to find your place in the world. In this story, we meet the smallest elephant in the world. He is the size of a house cat and is living in the jungle amongst all the other large jungle animals. He is teased and mocked because of his size so he decides to go in search of a home for his own. He boards a shipping vessel and travels to a faraway town. In this town he meets a little boy who would love to have an elephant as a house pet. The boy’s mother will not tolerate an elephant in the house so, with a little creative makeup, the elephant is transformed into a house cat. All is well until a mouse comes on the scene — and we know how much elephants dislike mice. The disguise is revealed and the little elephant finally finds a new home in a circus alongside the littlest man in the world. Now the man and the elephant are happy together in their own little world with the circus.

The bright and whimsical illustrations provided by Milton Glaser add a special touch to this story.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book?  This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and six. There could be great discussion about acceptance and fitting in with others.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, preschools, daycare centers, anyone that works with children between the ages of four and six.

Where would you shelve it? Picture books.

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes, this story packs a strong message about finding your way in life and fitting in.

Reviewer  Kristin Guay, former youth librarian

Date of review: July 3, 2019


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