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Elmer: Elephant Colours

Written by David McKee

Illustrated by David McKee

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Elmer: Elephant Colours Review

Featured Books for 3+ readers

Elmer is one of the most distinctive and easily recognisable characters in children’s books and here he and his friends provide the very youngest readers with a perfect introduction to colour. On each page of this sturdy little board book there’s a brightly coloured elephant, a yellow one, blue one, purple one and green one, each clearly labelled. The last spread brings them together with Elmer, proudly patchwork as ever, in an elephant rainbow. The parade of bright, frolicsome little elephants are a treat to look at and will fascinate young children. A handy clip and strap means this can be attached to a buggy. ~ Andrea Reece


Elmer: Elephant Colours Synopsis

The perfect introduction to the world of Elmer and his colourful elephant friends for the youngest of children. This little book clips onto a buggy and is superb for keeping little ones entertained on the go. Children will engage with the charming elephants in different colours - which one is elephant colour? - and learn important first vocabulary.

Andersen Press invites YOU to join in with Elmer’s Anniversary Parade and ‘show your colours’. You can hold an Elmer parade in a library, a bookshop, a classroom, at home, outside – anywhere! Download an Elmer’s Parade Pack here which includes craft activities, games, colouring sheets, bunting and lots of ideas for holding your own Elmer parade!

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Elmer: Elephant Colours Press Reviews

Every child should get to know Elmer the patchwork elephant. Riveting Reads

Elmer is a treat not to be missed. WHS Showcase

When I picked up this book, it was like bumping into an old friend - definitely as good second time around. -- Diane Brown Child Education

A deserved favourite with the 2-5s   Sunday Times

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ISBN: 9781783444953
Publication date: 05/01/2017
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Board book

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783444953
Publication date: 5th January 2017
Author: David McKee
Illustrator: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Board book
Pagination: 12 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Collections: Celebrate Elmer Day - 28 May 2022,

About David McKee

David McKee was born in Devon and studied at Plymouth Art College. In the early part of his career, McKee regularly drew and sold humorous drawings to magazines and newspapers such as The Times Educational Supplement, Punch and the Reader’s Digest. David McKee has written and illustrated over 50 picture books for Andersen Press and has penned a number of children’s classics including King Rollo, Mr Benn, Not Now Bernard and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. David loves to paint and now lives in the South of France but regularly visits the UK.  One of the ...

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