Reading/Interest Level: Preschool
Author: Colter Jackson
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap
Ella’s best friend is an elephant. They do everything together until Ella realizes that sometimes her friend being an elephant made things difficult. Suddenly she isn’t so sure that elephants make fine friends after all. Her elephant has all kinds of problems, like eating too much and blocking the view behind them at the movies. Ella tells the elephant that they are just too different to be best friends and sends the elephant away. Soon Ella realizes that she misses her elephant, but when her elephant has made friends with other elephants, it takes some convincing for the elephants to realize that humans can make fine friends too.
When people who are different are friends, it might be hard to find enough similarities to want to stay friends. This book shows that differences are a good thing, and those differences might even be the things that make people into the fine friends that they are. The illustrations are adorable, and the message will help people realize how important it is to have good friends that understand and love a person (or an elephant) in spite of differences that they might have.