Joshua’s Bookshelf!: I Dream of an Elephant, by Ami Rubinger

[This review is based on the NOOK Book digital edition published by the Abbeville Kids imprint of Abbeville Press in 2010, and provided by NetGalley.]

So what’s it about?
I Dream of an Elephant is a book about colors! We all know that elephants are traditionally gray in color, but they’re dreamed up in red, blue, yellow, and other colors here. The story is told in rhymes and readers must use the artwork and literacy skills to determine the rhyming color word. For example, one page reads, “The animals all love a rockin’ routine! I dream of an elephant whose color is…

And here’s the artwork on that page:

Image via Abbeville Press

Any guesses as to what the color might be?

What did we think of the book?
I Dream of an Elephant is such a good book for children from infancy all the way up through preschool! Joshua loved looking at the illustrations and picking out the main color — and therefore, the color of the elephant — in each one. I liked the use of rhyming words, as that will be an important literacy skill for Joshua to master as he gets older and moves closer to school age. The artwork itself was beautiful; Joshua’s bedroom is a jungle/zoo theme and a poster of these elephants would look beautiful on his wall.

Would we add it to Joshua’s bookshelf?
Definitely! Joshua enjoyed it, which is what matters most to me, and he got to practice identifying colors. (By the way, there was an orange elephant in the book — I’ll leave it to you to find out how Ami Rubinger managed to put it in a rhyme. I’ll only say that she’s very clever!)