Genre: Picture book
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
What did you like about the book? This gentle, beautifully-produced picture book tells a tale of a misguided community that’s focused on material things. Mrs Bibi cares for her pet elephant, walking it, taking it to the playground to play with children, and telling it stories at bedtime, but the townspeople object. Concerned with filling their homes with beautiful things rather than the love of a pet, they drive Mrs Bibi and her elephant away. Soon, though, the townspeople realize that life is happier when there’s love and community, and their town fills with pets—even elephants. This book deftly encompasses ideas of tolerance, inclusion, and the importance of love over all. It would make a wonderful discussion starter in homes and classrooms.
To whom would you recommend this book? Day cares, teachers, elementary libraries and public libraries.
Who should buy this book? Anyone wanting a relatable read aloud to start discussions about kindness and friendship.
Where would you shelve it? Picture books
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Not an immediate must, but a thought-provoking read.
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Lisa Rogers, John D. Hardy Elementary School, Wellesley, MA
Date of review: 1/31/20