Elmer Series

Elmer: The Patchwork Elephant

Elmer: The Patchwork Elephant is a timeless picture book classic.

Elmer the patchwork elephant has lost his ventriloquist cousin in the jungle! Elmer can hear Wilbur, but he can't see him. He searches high and low, but he can't find the cheeky black-and-white elephant anywhere. He's just about to give up and go home for tea when Wilbur stops him - he's been hiding up a tree all along, but now he's stuck! At last it's Elmer's turn to play a joke - would he really leave poor, hungry Wilbur stuck up the tree? Of course not! Soon Wilbur is safely back on the ground, just in time for tea!

Reception: Literacy
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Year 1: Classical Poetry: One
Throughout our year one classical poetry topic you will learn about six different popular poems. By looking closely at old favourites such as Twinkle Twinkle Little Start your child or pupil will be prompted with questions on their understanding and interpretation of this classic.

Year 1: Tell Me A Story: One
Within this topic your child can create their own nature story walk through words and pictures. They can design their own spoon characters and make a story through discussion cards, plus more. Plus much more in this 6 activity topic.

  • Publisher: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Print length: 32 pages
  • Dimensions: 23.98 x 0.36 x 27.58 cm
  • Reading age: 3 - 7 years old
  • Publication date: 6 Sept. 1990
  • ISBN: 1842707310

David McKee

David is the creator of several well-known characters including King Rollo and Mr Benn. His most famous creation is Elmer the Patchwork Elephant which is now published in more than 50 languages and has its own successful global merchandise programme.

David McKee was born in Devon and went to Plymouth Art College, where he had a traditional training. On leaving college he drew regularly for, among others, Punch, Reader’s Digest, and The Times Educational Supplement. His drawings were influenced especially by Saul Steinberg and Andre Francois. David lives in Arles, France.

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