T’s Book Review of ‘Why Elephant Has a Trunk’
We borrowed this book from the nursery library because it was brightly coloured and T liked the pictures of the patterned animals. It has quickly become a firm favourite in our house! We also found the animation of it on YouTube so we can read and watch at the same time, and we’ve heard the stories of some other animals in Tinga Tinga.
T has really enjoyed recreating the story with his toys, making Crocodile snap onto Elephant’s trunk, and then lining up other toys to help pull Elephant out of Croc’s mouth! At first it was very fun pretending to snap at people with Crocodile, but we’ve talked about how snapping is biting, and biting hurts. We will discuss sharing and being kind with him some more too, as Crocodile doesn’t want to share the watering hole with Elephant.
T’s learnt new phrases like “hmmm, I wonder…” and “there was a time when…”, and words to add excitement to his stories like “suddenly…” and “enormous”. He’s also learnt some Swahili words! He can now say “jambo” for hello, and “haraka” for quickly. He has been practicing these phrases, and practicing talking in longer sentences generally. He recites the book to himself in bed before falling asleep, and has woken up in the morning still talking about it too!
We love to know what families think of the stories available at Little Hands. Our Home Lending Libraries are fully stocked and we change the books regularly for those who borrow books regularly. Promoting and fostering a love of reading in each of our children is a truly incredible experience and we can’t wait to hear the next reviews!