Thank you to Abbeville Press for the opportunity to review this book.
I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger is a rhyming tale of many elephants of different colors. Each brightly colored elephant has a different personality and way of expressing himself. At the end, all the different elephants come together to dance and dream.
I read this book with my three year old son and we had a lot of fun with it. The book purposely does not name the colors, allowing you (or your child) to fill in the blank with the rhyme. My son loved yelling out each color as we turned the pages, and he loved talking about all the things we saw in the colorful illustrations. I particularly liked how the author dealt with the color orange and its lack of rhyming words. My son and I have read it several times now, and he enjoys it just as much as the first time.
As a teacher, I loved this book because it covered two different areas: learning colors and learning how to rhyme. The “fill in the blank” narrative is engaging and encourages participation. This book is a great one to use as a read-aloud; I know my class would love it. It’s also great for pre-readers because they can look through the book and understand it, even if they can’t read the words yet.
Ami Rubinger has created a fun and engaging read. I Dream of an Elephant is a great read for toddlers and preschoolers, and is appropriate for the home and the early childhood classroom. Plus, it’s a board book, so you won’t have to worry about little hands tearing the pages.
I Dream of an Elephant is 28 pages long and is published by Abbeville Press.
I was provided with a digital copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.