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Ella The Elegant Elephant

Written by Carmela D'Amico

Illustrated by Steven Henry

She’s younger than Babar, shyer than Lily, and every bit as cute as Olivia. Hang on to your hats, here comes ELLA! 

Meet Ella, the littlest elephant in Little Village, who’s just a little bit shy. She’s moved to a new neighborhood and has to start at a brand new school. Luckily, she has her grandmother’s smashing red hat to wear for good luck. But Belinda Blue, the playground bully, doesn’t like Ella. And she doesn’t like the hat. It looks like trouble’s brewing on the playground . . . until Ella discovers just what a good heart (and great fashion sense) can do.

Filled with charming illustrations and introducing an unforgettable new heroine, Ella the Elegant Elephant is a victory for anyone who’s ever felt shy or dared to be different. We love Ella, and you will too.

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Reviews and Awards

Washington State Book Award
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal
Child Magazine Best Book of the Year
Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Collection
2005 Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Association Book Award
Book Sense 2004 Autumn Pick
Junior Literary Guild Selection

“The book sparkles with child-pleasing fantasy and adult-pleasing European élan, its vintage-style illustration evocative of the timeless elegance of Ludwig Bemelman’s Madeline books.” - Child Magazine

“With its charming and whimsical cartoons and simple design, this offering seems like a picture book from an earlier era. Ella is a likeable character and children will be able to relate to her emotions.” - School Library Journal

“Ella is a stand-out.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Steven D’Amico’s soft, sinuous colored-pencil line and plush palette recall H. A. Rey’s illustrations.” - Publishers Weekly 

Purchase Options
Indiebound Scholastic • Amazon • Barnes & Noble

Fall 2004
Picture Book
ISBN: 0-439-62792-3
Price: $16.95/$22.99
Trim Size: 8" x 10"
Page Count: 56 SE
Foreign Rights: Scholastic
Translation Rights: Scholastic
Rights Available? yes

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