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Elmer and Butterfly (Elmer)
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David McKee was the creator of several famous characters including King Rollo, Mr. Benn, and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. His books are published in numerous languages throughout the world. In 2020 David won the BookTrust's Lifetime Achievement Award. David McKee was the creator of several famous characters including King Rollo, Mr. Benn, and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. His books are published in numerous languages throughout the world. In 2020 David won the BookTrust's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Everyone's favorite patchwork elephant is back in this latest installment from McKee. When Elmer helps Butterfly get out of a hole blocked by a fallen branch, he doubts that she will be able to return the favor. Then Elmer wanders onto a narrow path and becomes trapped in a cave. With Butterfly's help, Elmer's cousin Wilbur and the other elephants mount a rescue in this story reminiscent of the fable of 'The Lion and the Mouse.' Butterfly reminds readers that even the smallest animals can help a friend in need. McKee's signature style includes high contrast and sharp detail on every page along with easy to read text. Bold colors and whimsical illustrations make this an ideal read-aloud choice, while longer text selections on each page make this book ideal for older storytime attendees as well.--School Library Journal

-- "Journal" (1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)

David McKee's Elmer, the good-natured elephant whose coat is a charming geometric patchwork of colors, has long starred in stories that gently show the importance of valuing diversity, and the latest has him learning a humbling lesson from a butterfly. First Elmer saves Butterfly, who is trapped in a crevice by a fallen branch. When Butterfly offers to return the favor someday, Elmer just chuckles: 'A butterfly saving an elephant, that's a good one!' But soon Elmer is stuck on a ledge, and needs Butterfly to call for help. The message is delivered with a fable-like economy, and as always McKee's vibrant, softly surreal artwork he's a master of color and patterning pulls readers headlong into the pages. Not surprisingly, even tiny Butterfly packs a visual wallop, with one red side, one violet, accented by wing-tips of blue and two round orange-yellow spots. The New York Times Book Review

-- "Newspaper" (6/23/2015 12:00:00 AM)

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