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Yellow Elephant: A Bright Bestiary    by Julie Larios & Julie Paschkis order for
Yellow Elephant
by Julie Larios
Order:  USA  Can
Harcourt, 2006 (2006)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

This picture book, aimed at slightly older children, is a collection of poems about different animals, their colors, and the images and feelings that they evoke. The author/poet uses rich language to describe everyday animals doing ordinary things. There are poems about a purple puppy, a pink kitty, and even a turquoise lizard.

Some poems work better than others, particularly those laced with humor. For example, 'Gray mama goose in a tizzy, honk-honk-honking herself dizzy, can't find her gosling, she's honking and running, webbed feet slapping, all wild waddle, her feathers a muddle, splashing through puddles, wings flapping…Ah, there's her gold baby, all fuzz, napping.'
The extraordinarily vivid illustrations are the real appeal of Yellow Elephant, with virtually every color of the rainbow represented in lush detail.

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