Elmer the Patchwork Elephant

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In David Mckee’s picture book, Elmer, the main character isn’t like everyone else. The author touches the main theme about being unique. Elmer the elephant learns to accept himself. Elmer the elephant is a colorful elephant, when all the other elephants are the normal gray color. Elmer wants to be like all of the other elephants, so he goes out and paints himself gray with berries. When he is with the herd, in his gray paint, he notices that something doesn’t seem right. All of the other elephants are stern and isn’t as joyful as they usually are. So, Elmer screams boo, very loudly to scare them, and they all start to laugh. Then it starts to rain, and all of the other elephants see that it was Elmer that played a trick on them. Then Elmer realizes that it’s okay to be different from everyone else. He also realizes that they all like him the way he normally is, all colorful. So they dedicated a day once a year to celebrate Elmer. That day Elmer dresses like a regular gray elephant. The theme in this book could be very useful in elementary schools. It teaches us that we should be ourselves. That being like everyone else isn’t as much fun. We shouldn’t worry about trying to fit in or worrying what others are saying about us. I think that every kid goes through this at some point in their lives. As a teacher you could use this in your lesson plan. You could read this story to your classroom, and then discuss it. After you discuss it you could have cut out elephants and have the children glue cut up colorful paper to it. All of the student’s will have different elephants, since each student is a unique individual. David McKee’s book, Elmer, teaches us that it’s okay to be different. Elmer, the elephant, goes through this life lesson, as we all do in our lives. This book would be appropriate for children in elementary school, to show them that it is okay to be different. Others will be respectful of our differences like the elephants did in...
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