ELLA: The Elegant Elephant
Carmela D'Amico, . . Scholastic/Levine, $16.95 (56pp) ISBN 978-0-439-62792-4
Followers of Jean de Brunhoff and Ludwig Bemelmans may experience déjà-vu upon reading the D'Amicos' debut. Ella, a Madeline-ish young elephant, possesses a WWII-era flair and lives in a faraway realm: "Somewhere in the great, wide Indian Ocean lie the Elephant Islands, hidden by a fog so thick that no human being has ever found them." Ella's rocky islands protrude from the ocean like terra-cotta turrets, topped with multicolored minarets. Inside this exotic city, bipedal elephant villagers shop at whitewashed, clay-roofed stores like a "Tuskery" and peanut emporium. On her first day at the island "
Reviewed on: 10/04/2004
Paperback - 1 pages - 978-0-439-87700-8
Video, VHS Format - 978-0-8045-9707-4