The Memory of An Elephant

The Memory of An Elephant

An Unforgettable Journey

Picture Book - 2014
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Marcel, an old elephant who is writing an encyclopedia, reminisces about his memorable world travels and experiences in Paris.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781452129037
Branch Call Number: Ju Oversize E STR
Additional Contributors: Martin, Jean-François - Illustrator


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Apr 18, 2015

Marcel is an elephant. This story follows his day and life, what he does and what he remembers. On each page alongside Marcel's story are facts about elephants. Then there are pauses from the story in which a full page of facts about things such as clothing, furniture, and buildings are presented.

The illustrations have a vintage 1920s feel. The book is larger than expected at about 10 x 14.

I could not enjoy the story about Marcel. First of all it meandered quite a bit and I quickly lost track of where it was going. But I was also distracted by the enormous amount of facts throughout the book. And not all of the facts were about elephants. It was a smattering of all sorts of facts. This might be an interesting book for a classroom where students can pull it out and read it many times over. But it is way too long and complicated for a one time read. Advertized for ages 5-8. I think due to its complex nature, it would be more appropriate for ages 8-12.


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Apr 18, 2015

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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