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Elmer: 30th Anniversary Edition: 1 (Elmer Picture Books)

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The other elephants immediately realise that the grey elephant must be Elmer and applaud him for his best joke ever. In this short tale, McKee reminds us that by accepting our special gifts and talents, we can bring joy and happiness to those around us. This charming, funny picture book shows the boy realising that everything is OK – and thinking of all the advantages of this new point of view. Luckily Yellow also learns he is very good at saying sorry, so each young elephant gets a medal from Elmer.

These books are the perfect size for little hands to explore themselves making them feel independent whilst improving fine motor skills and encouraging a love of books. For older children, discussions could centre on that it is not always necessary to try and change to fit in, as we all have something unique to offer to others.His first book, Two Can Toucan, was published in 1964 and since then he has written and illustrated numerous children's books.

The primal focus of the story is on ‘Elmer ‘who is an elephant that does not resemble the other elephants in his herd. Such a beautiful book to read, each page is as colourful as the next and the story of Elmer the elephant who is different is fantastic and a brilliant way to learn acceptance at a young age. I was a painter as well and my paintings were squared up, a bit Paul Klee-ish, and one day I mixed the two," he says. Why not celebrate the birthday of everybody’s favourite patchwork pachyderm by revisiting his colourful, witty and wise adventures? After an initial engagement in Toronto (December 2017), Elmer the Patchwork Elephant show embarked upon a tour of the UK in January 2019.The point is that the other elephants become sad - they don't recognise Elmer and the atmosphere of the whole herd changes at not having Elmer there. Elmer is the story of an elephant that is noticeably different to the others; he is a brightly coloured patchwork elephant. Elmer was originally published in 1968, but went out of print until being redrawn and reissued by the Andersen Press in 1989.

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