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My four-year-old brought this book home that she chose from the school library. I was intrigued by the art with the script font and cute elephant wearing an oversized orange hat, yet I had no idea what the story was about.
Ella is an elephant that lives on one of these islands. I love the illustrations in this book because it makes you really look and pay attention. Where, exactly does she live, my son was asking? Looks like she lives among the clouds in an interesting and mysterious place.
She walks through her village, where her mother owns a bakery (*love*), to get to school. She’s the new girl. Oh, how my little family can relate to being the new kids at school and all around town this year. All is going well in her new class, until …
A big bully comes by when she is quietly eating her lunch. She gets bonked in the head with a ball! Poor Ella! You just want to rescue her, but alas, just like human parents, Ella’s mother isn’t there to help her. She has to figure out how to deal with this meanie on her own. And she does. The bully ends up learning a lesson because Ella decides to help her when she is stuck. By the end of the story, Ella has many new friends at school.
Isn’t this what we all want for our children?