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Elmer's Walk

Written by David McKee

Illustrated by David McKee

Part of the Elmer Picture Books Series

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Elmer's Walk Review

Bedtime Stories for Children Books for Babies and Toddlers Books of the Month Featured Books for 3+ readers

May 2019 Book of the Month

Out walking, Elmer the Elephant is in a reflective mood, taking his time to soak up the sounds, smells and sights around him. He spots shapes in the clouds and in the sandstone rocks, he listens to the noise of the river crashing over a waterfall, notices the raindrops in a spider's web that look like sparkling diamonds and smells the scent of wild flowers. The other animals hurry past, far too busy to stop and enjoy these natural wonders. Fortunately Elmer meets his cousin Wilbur and they both stand happily together to watch the night-time draw in. This is a gentle introduction to mindfulness, a celebration of being in the moment and making time to appreciate the world around us.

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Deservedly a modern classic, with over ten million copies of his books sold worldwide, Elmer's subtle message, that it is ok to be different, resonates with children across the world. Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since this first book was published in 1989. Happy 30th Birthday, Elmer!

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Elmer's Walk Synopsis

Elmer is enjoying his walk: smelling the flowers, watching the clouds, listening to the waterfall. But each time he points out one of these lovely things to the other animals, they all say they don't have time to stop. They're far too busy. Luckily Wilbur arrives at last and shares Elmer's enjoyment in the stars.

A celebration of mindfulness from master-storyteller David McKee.

Elmer's Walk Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A sweet and interesting story about appreciating your surroundings and enjoying the moment. Full review

Milo Jones (Age 3)

I like Elmer's Walk, it's fun to see everything Elmer sees and not be too busy like the other animals. Full review

Samuel Killen (Age 4)

I loved the book Elmers Walk and I like the elephant and how he loves what he sees. The pictures are bright and colourful and very pretty. I really like this book. Full review

Elissa Watkin (Age 6)

A great book about the loveable patchwork elephant to share with young kids! Full review

Abidah & Amatullah Khatun (Age 3 & 9)

Elmer's Walk Press Reviews

This beautifully illustrated book by David McKee heralds the return of family favourite Elmer the patchwork elephant ... A gentle and mindful story. - Inis Reading Guide

Praise for Elmer;

Everyone loves Elmer! The illustrations are always wonderful and inviting and the stories are playful, which make them eternally popular with young children... This is another lovely story from David McKee, one that will delight children of all ages  Early Years Educator

Elmer's winsome personality shines through . . . leaves readers with the message that we can be different and still get along. --School Library Journal

McKee shows young readers that we each have special things which nobody else loves quite as we do. The pages are alive with vivid colour and pattern  Booktrust Best Book Guide

McKee's Elmer has now dazzled eyes young and old in more than a dozen books for nearly 20 years, and the message throughout has been to celebrate difference.

Charming and memorable  Baby Hampshire

Unquestionably the life and soul of the party. I loved this book from the first time I read it. Exepose

Its message of celebrating diversity and uniqueness is just as topical today as it was when celebrated author David McKee first created Elmer. Junior Magazine

This board book edition is everything you would hope for... perfect. The Bookbag


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781783447541
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781783446049
Publication date: 06/09/2018
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783447541
Publication date: 2nd May 2019
Author: David McKee
Illustrator: David McKee
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 28 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Bedtime Reading
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children
Collections: Celebrate Elmer Day - 28 May 2022, Elmer Creator, David McKee Dies Aged 87,

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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