Yellow Elephant by Julie Larios
A Bright Bestiary (Boston Globe-Horn Book Honors (Awards))

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Have you ever seen a yellow elephant, glowing in the jungle sun?
Have you seen a green frog--splash!--turn blue?
Or a red donkey throw a red-hot tantrum?
In this bright bestiary, poet Julie Larios and painter Julie Paschkis cast a menagerie of animals in brilliantly unexpected hues--encouraging us to see the familiar in surprising new ways.

About Julie Larios

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No Bio Julie Paschkis has illustrated many award-winning books, including Yellow Elephant by Julie Larios, Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal by Paul Fleischman, and Night Garden by Janet S. Wong. She lives in Seattle, Washington. Visit her at
Published April 1, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The assigned colors are sometimes a realistic color for that animal (a brown mouse, a white owl), but more often, the particular color reflects an aspect of the creature’s personality (an angry red donkey, for example, or a perky purple puppy) or the animal’s surroundings (the titular yellow elep...

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Paschkis's exquisitely balanced painting for "Green Frog" renders a serene metamorphosis, as the frog takes a leg-extending plunge, her legs green above the surface, and underwater she becomes blue.

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Some of the animals imitate nature: a white owl, a green frog and a gray goose ( Gray mama goose in a tizzy, honk-honk-honking herself dizzy ) while others leap off the page in bright, vivid colors: Yellow elephant in the jungle sun .

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