Reading/Interest Level: Toddler
Author: Kevin Henkes
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Five colorful little elephants form a line and march together. They go in different directions, like up and down and around and around. They march one by one and join trunks to tail. They travel all day and enjoy walking and walking and walking. When they are done, they have some magic to perform before the huddle and cuddle in an elephant bundle for the night.
This book is cute, inventive, and surprising. This is a perfect recipe to put little ones down for some very sweet dreams. There are five elephants on every page to help toddlers learn to count. The colors are between pastel and bright, which makes them both restful and interesting. The gouache illustrations outlined in brown ink are simple, but powerful. What makes them powerful is the expressiveness of the elephants and movement. This is a great educational book with simple text and elegant elephant magic that will help young readers learn about words as they settle down to nap or for a nice long sleep.