Strictly No Elephants

Strictly No Elephants

Picture Book - 2015
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A boy is excluded from joining his friends' pet club because of his unusual pet.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, [2015]
ISBN: 9781481416474
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Yoo, Taeeun - Illustrator


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LPL_VanessaR Aug 01, 2019

One of the books that end with me hugging it afterward. It's super tender in the ways it chooses to show friendships, and their ability to heal any wounds. Strictly No Elephants will remind you that when the majority doesn't accept you, it's going to be alright. You can find your own crew and have fun!

Nov 04, 2018

An excellent book about finding your own group when you've been shut out by others.

Slavka Feb 19, 2017

Great picture book for young children who are feeling a bit different or who feel they may not fit in. The story is about a boy who has a pet elephant, while others around him have ordinary pet. His pet is not accepted by local regular pets, as he looks around, he discovers that there are many other pets who don't fit in or who are a bit different and a new pet group is formed where everyone is welcome.

A great story about acceptance of those who are different and the importance of friendship and acceptance.

DBRL_KatieL Dec 23, 2016

I love this book. I like the pictures, I like the story, and I love the messages about friendship.

Our narrator has a pet elephant. He loves is elephant, even though having an elephant for a pet makes him different. On November 17 the neighbor children are gathering for Pet Club day, and the narrator and his elephant are excited to go-until they arrive and see a sign on the door saying 'Strictly no elephants'. The little elephant leads his boys away, and as they wander the streets the come across another child who wasn't welcome at the party. She has a pet skunk. Together they form their own club where everyone is welcome.

I just love the overall message of inclusion, and friendship the story portrays. I really like how the children in the story do no dwell on why they were not allowed in the first club, they don't become angry or strike back. The narrator is sad and his elephant helps him move on, then he finds a new purpose and doesn't look back at the negative.

I also love the little messages scattered through out the story:
-"That's what friends do: life each other over the cracks" (The elephant doesn't like the cracks in the sidewalk)
-"that's what friends do: brave the scary things for you."
"never leave anyone behind"
-"give you directions if you need them"
Short, and to the point these are little examples of what friendship is.

inthestacks May 10, 2016

A heart-warming story that gently reinforces the themes of friendship, acceptance and helping others. A great story to read aloud to children.


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