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The Elephantom
May 22nd, 2010 by Noodlenuts

We have an Elephantom.
He turned up on Tuesday, just after tea-time.
To be honest, he’s starting to bug me.

Sometimes all you want or need in a story is just a straightforward entertaining narrative.  The Elephantom is perfect for those times.  Ross Collins’ story of a little girl with a pesky, mischievous, phantom elephant who won’t stop following her around is a merry and lighthearted book, a real storytime treasure for sharing. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Elephant?
May 20th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Elephants don’t watch TV, and they certainly don’t eat chocolate chip cookies.”

I’m not a fan of preachy books, or those that revolve around teaching kids a lesson, but I do have a soft spot for a great story that encourages  the sort of character traits that reinforce independent thinking, creativity, and imagination.  What Elephant? is one of those stories. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”
May 13th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

“Stand back,” said the elephant,

“I’m going to sneeze!

I hate to alarm you,

But I don’t wish to harm you.

My friends, I fear

It’s clear . . . .

Oh, dear,

You’d better stand back, I’m going to

sneeze.”

This rollicking tale has a great deal going for it: the nonsensical verse reads like a song, galloping along at a sprightly pace, Read the rest of this entry »

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The Thingamabob
Dec 23rd, 2009 by Noodlenuts

One day he found the thingamabob.

When the giggles start with the very first line of a story, you know that you’re in for a treat. The Thingamabob is a wonderful little story of a young elephant’s quest to figure out the purpose of a “thingamabob” that he has found—that thingamabob being a red umbrella. Read the rest of this entry »

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