Review: No Se Permiten Elefantes

No Se Permiten Elefantes (Spanish Edition)
Author: Lisa Mantcheve
Illustrator: Taeeun Yoo
Translator: Alexis Romay
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Kids
Ages 4-8

What happens when you have an elephant for a pet? Well, you never, really fit in, do you?

Our hero finds out the hard way, that no matter how much he loves and cares for his elephant, there are always those who will stand in their way. The hostility is so great, that at the regular “bring your pet meeting” a big sign is posted stating “No Elephants allowed.” They are forced to leave.

Undeterred, they stick together. And, in time, find other misfits; forming a more welcoming group. What ultimately happens? Well, this is a happy picturebook, with a happy ending you’ll need to discover on your own.

When you do, you’ll see elegant, cheery illustrations reminiscent of the 1970s comics pages (the Sunday pages) and a clean, sparkling Spanish translation.

This book plays on many levels and handles the difficult themes of inclusion/exclusion, friendship, otherness and differences with subtle clarity and dexterity. It is great for children as young as those in PK and could easily teach a lesson to Middle Schoolers.

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My thanks to Simon and Schuster Kids for providing a Review Copy of this book. All opinions provided herein are my own.

More books for this Age Group can be found here and here.

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