Ellie book coverby Mike Wu
Picture book
Interest level: Pre-K to 1
Reading level: 2.3
3 out of 5 stars

The illustrations in Ellie are absolutely adorable. Ellie is a sweet, wide-eyed, miniature elephant. When the zookeeper announces that the zoo must close, the animals decide to spruce the place up to see if that will bring people back. It seems that all the other animals are able to move or fix things, except Ellie who is too small. Until the zookeeper gets called away while painting, and Ellie discovers her talent.

There exist many stories of elephants that can paint, so this book could be paired with a nonfiction text. Because of Ellie’s size, this book also reminded me of Little Elliott Big City by Mike Curato, which is a more unique and original story.

Overall, young children will enjoy the cute illustrations and a painting elephant, but the story is not particularly exciting or creative.

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