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The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey
Contributor(s): Strady, Sophie, Martin, Jean-Francois (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1452129037     ISBN-13: 9781452129037
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
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Binding Type: School And Library - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: September 2014

Annotation: An oversized, content-rich picture book celebrating the life of a soulful elephant traces his enduring memories of world travel, visits to teeming jungles and tours through bustling cities, which he catalogs in encyclopedically detailed spreads. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Elephants; Juvenile fiction.
Memory; Juvenile fiction.
Elephants; Fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Elephants
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Emotions & Feelings
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2014006997
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 16.00" H x 12.00" W x 0.25" (2.00 lbs) 37 pages
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Contributor Bio(s): Sophie Strady is an author living in Paris, France.

Jean-François Martin is an illustrator whose book Fables won the Bologna-Ragazzi Fiction Award. He lives in Paris, France.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2015 Spring)
In this unusual French import, a simple fictional narrative of the birthday celebration and memories of Marcel, a very old, urbane elephant, becomes the framework for a broad miscellany of factual topics, from food to furniture styles. The random potpourri of encyclopedic information may appeal to detail-oriented readers; large pages, limited palette, and retro illustration and design styles help unify disparities.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 July #3)

Whimsy, trivia, and miscellany combine in this tribute to the extraordinary life of a fictional elephant named Marcel. The gentleman pachyderm is working on "an enormous, illustrated encyclopedia," documenting everything he has learned. Meanwhile, anonymous gifts arrive for Marcel, including a tuba that he "played in the distant past," which sparks him to recall his life as a musician and his world travels (including being caught in the 1968 student protests in Paris). Spreads alternate between Marcel's introspection and informative illustrated lists of buildings, musical instruments, ships, and more, which resemble offerings from a vintage mail-order catalogue. A surprise birthday party and endpages exploring animals, modern furniture, and food close out this eccentric and delightful cabinet of curiosities. Ages 5–8. (Sept.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 October)

Gr 1–4—Readers first find Marcel, an elderly elephant, getting ready for his job as a writer for an encyclopedia to hold all of his vast knowledge. In his office are several mysterious packages, the largest containing a tuba. Holding the instrument, Marcel reminisces about his years as a jazz musician and then about the many other occupations he has held throughout his long life. He later remembers that it is his birthday, and all of his animal friends have been hiding in his office to celebrate with him. Tying the story together are facts about elephants as well as Marcel's encyclopedia entries, with each full-page of entries and pictures focusing on a particular subject related to the story on the previous page. The narrative, as well as the entries, can be rather dense, but these pages of facts make this book perfect for browsing, as readers will instantly get lost in Marcel's world of information. Martin's art deco-inspired style complements the various nods to fashion and culture of previous decades. This oversize book would certainly make for an interesting addition for some collections.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI

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