Search

A Fun Storytelling Guide with 'Elmer' by David McKee



About the book


A book about Elmer, a patchwork elephant, a different elephant. Unlike his friends, Elmer was all the other colours except elephant colour. It was Elmer who kept the other elephants happy, until one day, he tried to be like the other elephants, to be the same colour.


He was pleased with not being recognised at first, but his true nature unleashed and he couldn't bear the boredom anymore! He soon revealed who he really was and created more laughter than ever.



Our thoughts

The book Elmer resonates with children across the world since 1989. The simple yet eye-catching illustrations perfectly depicts the message of being different, and confident.


Elmer David McKee
Elmer

Through the simple yet subtle storyline, it shows how being different from the others can make an impact to one's surrounding, or one's world a better place! To be different yet confident is indeed a life lesson that every child, every person ought to learn. To celebrate and embrace differences, Elmer day was set on the 29th of May each year! People around the world are encouraged to celebrate uniqueness and people's true nature, spreading positivity worldwide with Elmer, the Patchwork Elephant. How amazing indeed!





Read 'Elmer' by David McKee on the Me Books App!

 

Meet the Author!

Elmer David McKee
David McKee (Source: elmer.co.uk)

David McKee was born in Devon and studied at Plymouth Art College. In the early part of his career, McKee regularly drew and sold humorous drawings to magazines and newspapers such as The Times Educational Supplement, Punch and the Reader’s Digest.


David McKee has written and illustrated over 50 picture books for Andersen Press and has penned a number of children’s classics including King Rollo, Mr Benn, Not Now Bernard and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant. David McKee loves to paint and now lives in the South of France but regularly visits London.


(Source: elmer.co.uk)



 

Storytelling with Elmer the Patchwork Elephant



As adults, it is best to support children through prompting questions as you read the book together with your child. Through questions and interaction, children participate in the storytelling session and this sparks their interest to explore more stories and books!


Below are some suggested storytelling prompts that you might find useful:


Elmer David McKee Storytelling Guide

  • What colours can you spot in Elmer?

  • How is Elmer different from the other elephants?

  • Do you think he is happy that he is different? Why?


 

Elmer David McKee Storytelling Guide

  • Can you spot Elmer?

  • Why do you think he wanted to be the same as other elephants?

  • Do you think the other elephants missed the colourful Elmer? Why?


 

Elmer David McKee Storytelling Guide


  • What happened in the picture?

  • Do you think Elmer felt much comfortable to be himself again? Why?

  • How did the other elephants felt when they realised it was Elmer?


 

Elmer David McKee Storytelling Guide


  • Now that all the other elephants are colourful, can you spot Elmer?

  • Which one is your favourite elephant? Why?

  • How do you think all the elephants felt when they are all different colours?


 


Loving the storytelling prompts so far?

Have a look at more activities and worksheets planned out based on the book, just download and enjoy!



download free storytelling resources
 


Suggestive Reads from the Elmer series:

Check out the other books in the Elmer series on Me Books App!

Elmer books series David McKee

 

See also:

elmer activities art&craft



Next Blog: 9 Elmer-zing Activities with 'Elmer' by David McKee



Simple Stay-at-home Reading Rewards Chart for your little ones


Related Topic:

Spark Creativity in Children | 'The Journey of Stories'





 

Recommended Reads about Self-Confidence:

















Check out 'The Hueys in The New Sweater' at Me Books Store - RM 37.99

Check out 'Marmaduke the Very Different Dragon' at Me Books Store - RM 37.99



 

Elmer by David McKee

A book about Elmer, a patchwork elephant, a different elephant. Unlike his friends, Elmer was all the other colours except elephant colour. It was Elmer who kept the other elephants happy, until one day, he tried to be like the other elephants, to be the same colour.


He was pleased with not being recognised at first, but his true nature unleashed and he couldn't bear the boredom anymore! He soon revealed who he really was and created more laughter than ever.





Elmer’s subtle message, that it is OK to be different, resonates with children across the world. Elmer the colourful patchwork elephant has been a nursery favourite since 1989.


(Source: amazon.co.uk)



Check out 'Elmer' on the Me Books App!


 

https://rebrand.ly/mebookscommunity

 

School outreach programme mebooks

Click the banner to sign up and enjoy 24x FREE logins to the Me Books App for 6 months!


 


Oh, don’t forget to follow our social media for more exciting posts and updates!