Tag Archives: Elephant

Elephant’s Big Day..one week away…

Elephant thinking...

Elephant thinking…

Elephant’s Big day…October 22nd…is just one week away.
Gracie told him “It’s time to get on the ball”

…so he did.

ELEPHANT’S STORY…Art in Brattleboro, VT at Brooks Memorial Library…

The original idea for ELEPHANT’S STORY began with a call from a librarian…(see link)

It makes perfect sense to show and share my process…from sketches to press sheets..in the cases at the Brooks Memorial Library.

The Brooks Memorial Library has filled these cases with artwork from children’s book illustrators for…I’m not sure how many years…but it is a great opportunity to see how different illustrators (and authors) approach the task of creating a picture book.

Elephant and Gracie will be in the cases through the end of October…I’m not sure who is showing next…you’ll have to go to the library and find out….tcp

PS…If you get a chance to see the show….don’t forget to go into the stacks…and check out their books!

Elephant on vacation in Maine…

Elephant contemplating The Moon

Elephant contemplating The Moon over Maine…

Elephant and Gracie had a lovely summer vacation on Little Deer Isle in Maine.
Elephant’s having a quiet moment enjoying the moon before his big day on October 22nd…when he and Gracie are out in bookstores.

Even though he’s just hanging out being Elephant…SLJ found him…
Here’s his review…good job Elephant!…

PEARSON, Tracey Campbell. Elephant’s Story. illus. by author. 40p. Farrar/Margaret Ferguson. Oct. 2013. Tr $17.99. ISBN 978-0-374-39913-9.

PreS-Gr 1–Elephant is worried. It shows in his eyes. He has accidentally sucked up all the words in Gracie’s favorite book. When he presents the blank-paged book to his friends, they don’t know what to do. Instead of making words, Seal spins the letters around his nose, Monkey throws them around, and Alligator eats them. There are some tense moments when Gracie sees Elephant sitting on her lost book, so she pulls on his trunk and tickles it, and a big sneeze produces all the missing words. Pearson’s humorous illustrations are drawn with a loose flowing line. An overlay of light watercolors brings to life Elephant’s expressive face. Endpapers show him making the letters of the alphabet with his body. A lighthearted picture book for storytimes about friendship, cooperation, or books.–Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada

Elephant on vacation in Maine.

Elephant and Gracie on vacation in Maine.

Lots to do…Lots to do…Lots to do…

But first…Elephant needs to just sit…enjoy the ocean smells…sniff…sniff…tcp

PS…Elephant and Gracie just learned about Rosie and Opal!!!!….two retired circus elephants living in Hope, Maine! We are so sorry we missed them!!! Elephant had no idea he had relatives living in Maine! We can’t wait to go back to Maine and visit them….If you can’t get to Hope…here are some links:


Hope Elephants in Maine…Rosie and Opal


World Elephant Day…with Gracie & Elephant

Elephant & Gracie on World Elephant Day, August 12, 2013

Elephant & Gracie on World Elephant Day, August 12, 2013

Today, August 12th is World Elephant Day!
A day for Elephants Everywhere!

Today, Gracie is reading Babar to Elephant.
October 22, 2013 Gracie can read Elephant his very own book…

Here are some Elephant links.

From Nature on PBS…The Tale of the Trunk…http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/elephants/trunk.html

If you haven’t seen the film about Echo: An Elephant to Remember here is the link.http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/echo-an-elephant-to-remember/video-full-episode/5920/

Here is a link to the website for World Elephant Day.


Elephant and Gracie in Chicago for ALA…

Elephant and Gracie had fun visiting Chicago for ALA….sightseeing in Millennium Park…a concert…a dip in the lake….then home again, home again…jiggety-jig!

Elephant walks the High Line in New York City…

Elephant walking the High Line

Elephant walking the High Line

Elephant didn’t spend all of his time inside the Javits Center while in New York City…Gracie spotted him on the High Line…stopping to smell the flowers…just like Ferdinand!

Elephant can’t wait for ALA in Chicago!
He heard there’s a big lake! He’s packing his swimming trunks!…tcp

Elephant at Book Expo America…at the Javits Center…

Elephant and Gracie at Book Expo America 2013

Elephant and Gracie at Book Expo America 2013 Here is Elephant’s post from my Facebook page. Macmillan reposted him on their Facebook page. Elephant is getting around…

“What does Elephant think about BEA?…Here he is contemplating the stairs up to the “floor”. The elevator is not an option for an elephant. Gracie just wanted to see all of the books. I was trying to rally them for the session on how to navigate Facebook…tcp”