What the Elephant Told by Barbara Brenner

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Believe it or not, a boy and an elephant have a lot in common . . .

When a young boy and a young elephant meet in an animal park, they instantly take a liking to each other.

“I was born out of my mother, too,” the boy said. “But first I grew inside her for nine months.”
“We grow inside our mothers for twenty-two months,” said the elephant.

They go on talking about how they each visit the bathroom, how they express fear, what they each eat . . . By the end of the day, they curl up together and nap—one sucking his thumb and the other his trunk.

Playful text and fun-filled illustrations reveal many true and fascinating commonalities between elephants and humans.

About Barbara Brenner

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Olivier Dunrea is the creator of beautiful and well-loved children's books. A painter and a sculptor, his work centers around farms, animals, architecture, and folklore. He lives in the tiny village of Narrowsburg, New York, in the Catskill Mountains.
Published June 1, 2003 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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"Once a young boy met a young elephant," writes Brenner (The Boy Who Loved to Draw: Benjamin West).

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