Elliot's Emergency

 
Lively book involves kids in character's plight.

What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

The accumulation of safety pin, tape, glue, and clamp to heal a stuffed animal's injury may seem overwhelming to young children sensitive to injuries and emergencies.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the brightly colored and attractive characters will catch children's attention as they follow this warmhearted story. The sometimes overly dramatic writing is countered by the art and the comforting plot.

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What's the story?

Ouch! Elliot has a tear in his leg and is afraid all his stuffing may come out. His friends try to help. Beaverton, the toy beaver, teaches Elliot what to do. The brightly illustrated story involves preschoolers in the character's problem.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The simple story shows Elliot's bravery in the face of uncertainty, and Elliot's friends model caring and helpful behavior. Although the writing is somewhat overwrought at times, the illustrations attract with bold color and design and create warmth with textured, earth-colored animal fur, wooden floors, and woven baskets. Andrea Beck is successful at illustrating the expressive faces of the toy animals: The close-up of Elliot's concerned expression when he first injures himself tugs at the heart.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the admirable qualities that Elliot and his friends exhibit. How does Elliot keep his courage in the face of a scary situation? How do his friends help?

Book details

Author:Andrea Beck
Illustrator:Andrea Beck
Genre:For Beginning Readers
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Kids Can Press
Publication date:October 1, 1998
Number of pages:29

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