Board Book Review: Elefante, by Vanita Oeschlager and Kristen Blackwood (Illustrator)


Elefante, by Vanita Oeschlager and Kristen Blackwood (Illustrator)

Elefante is VanitaBooks’ first board book for young children.  It’s said that elephants never forget.  Poor Elefante forgets everything, like tying his shoes and picking up his toys.  But he also forgets his shyness and when a playmate is mean.  Children learn how forgetting some things can be a good thing.  Elefante “forgot to be afraid of Mouse and he made a new friend.”

This is also our “greenest” book.  It is made entirely from recycled paper and using soy based inks.  Even the art is made of recycled materials.  It includes a page about how to use recycled material to make your own art at home.

Net profits from Elefante will be donated to the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis.

Reading level: Ages 1 and up
Board book: 20 pages
Publisher: Vanita Books; Brdbk edition (September 1, 2011)

My Thoughts:
As far as board books go, this one is really sweet.  Elefante forgets lots of things, but sometimes that works to his benefit.

The words are simple and appropriate for babies and toddlers.  The artwork is bright, with simple designs perfect for engaging young children.  The pictures will keep your little one interested for the 30 seconds it takes to read the book.  It is one of my daughter’s favorite board books.   

*Also, if you didn’t notice in the book description, the net profits from this book are donated to the Oak Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis.

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

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About the Author:
Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist,
former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet.  A graduate from The
University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio, she now serves as a
Trustee of her alma mater and as Writer in Residence for the Literacy
Program at The University of Akron.  Vanita and her husband Jim were
honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple
Sclerosis Society in 2006.  She was the Congressional Angels National
Volunteer of the Year in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the
Year by the MS Society in 2008.  Vanita was also honored in 2009 as the
Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County Chapter of the
United Way.

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