New Picture Book! Don’t Think About Purple Elephants

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Don’t Think About Purple Elephants by Susan Whelan and Gweynneth Jones

Age Range: 5 – 12 years

Grade Level: Kindergarten – 7

Genre: picture book

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Exisle Publishing (May 1, 2015)

Source: from publisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Book:

Sometimes Sophie worries — not during the day when she is busy with family and friends, but at night when everything is calm and quiet. Her family all try to help, but somehow they just make her worries worse.

Until her mother thinks of a new approach … that might just involve an elephant or two! But wait, don’t think about purple elephants, whatever you do! Whimsical and humorous, this little girl’s story of finding a way to ease her worry will resonate with children and parents everywhere.


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My Thoughts:

Anxiety and worries are two things that plague children on a regular basis.  My own kids seem to develop new worries every day.  This charming book is about a girl that has trouble sleeping because of her worries.  Finally, her mother tells her to NOT think about purple elephants, which of course, makes her think of them.  Because her head is so full of purple elephants, she doesn’t worry about anything and is able to fall asleep.

I read this to my kids and they both loved it.  The illustrations use both black and white and color strategically to create mood and depict the girl’s worries.  The writing is simple and easy to understand.  My kids really liked the part where the purple elephants come out to play.  They also liked the ending when the girl decides to take charge of her fears and come up with her own things to not think about.

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

4 STARS

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