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by Robert McGuire,Sid Fleischman


The White Elephant is a wonderful book by a legendary children's author, Sid Fleischman. Leave it to Sid Fleischman then to change all of that with a wave of his hand.

The White Elephant is a wonderful book by a legendary children's author, Sid Fleischman. Unless you are directly involved in a white elephant gift exchange, you've probably had very little reason to ponder where the term even came from. With "The White Elephant", however, they'll learn what the term means, where it came from, and the book has the added bonus of containing the ultimate in luxury pets.

How can a beautiful white elephant be a terrible curse? Run-Run, a young elephant trainer, discovers the . The White Elephant - Sid Fleischman. CHAPTER 1. Run-Run and the tall elephant turned up the road leading to his hillside village.

How can a beautiful white elephant be a terrible curse? Run-Run, a young elephant trainer, discovers the answer when he incurs the fury of the prince. The boy's punishment? The gift of an elephant, white as a cloud. From that moment forward, the curse reveals itself. According to tradition, so rare an elephant cannot be allowed to work for its keep. There, in old Siam, do you see the boy with dirty ears sitting as proud as a prince on the tall old elephant?

Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel The Whipping Boy. The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid.

Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. His other titles include The Entertainer and the Dybbuk, a novel, and three biographies, Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World; The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; and Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini. Библиографические данные.

Punishment becomes reward in this original tale, set in old Siam and loosely related to the historical origins of the modern metaphor. Content to be the mahout for his beloved working elephant Walking Mountain, Run-Run, a boy with dirty ears, pays for inadvertently letting his pachyderm splash a passing Prince by being given another elephant-this one white, and therefore sacred, exempt from any work.

Fleischman, Sid, 1920-2010; McGuire, Robert, ill. Publication date. In old Siam, young elephant trainer Run-Run and his old charge, Walking Mountain, must deal with the curse of a sacred white elephant. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

illustrated by Robert McGuire. Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Masterlist (Vermont). How can a beautiful white elephant be a terrible curse? Run-Run, a young elephant trainer, discovers the answer when he incurs the fury of the prince.

The White Elephant book. He lived in an old-fashioned, two-story house full of creaks and character, and enjoys hearing the sound of the nearby Pacific Ocean. Fleischman passed away after a battle with cancer on March 17, 2010, the day after his ninetieth birthday.

Albert Sidney Fleischman (March 16, 1920 – March 17, 2010), or Sid Fleischman, was an American author of children's books, screenplays, novels for adults, and nonfiction books about stage magic. His works for children are known for their humor, imagery, zesty plotting, and exploration of the byways of American history. He won the Newbery Medal in 1987 for The Whipping Boy and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award in 1979 for Humbug Mountain.

For Fleischman's The White Elephant he contributes black-and-white pencil drawings that . McGuire also provides illustrations for Myers' The Furry-legged Teapot, a picture book that centers on a shape-shifting raccoon-like character which often appears in Japanese folklore.

For Fleischman's The White Elephant he contributes black-and-white pencil drawings that capture the story of a Siamese boy and his two elephants. The main character, Run-Run, is given the difficult responsibility of having to care for his own pet elephant in addition to a sacred white elephant.

Interview with Sid Fleischman about The Entertainer and the Dybbuk. by Sid Fleischman and Robert McGuire. Created by Jewish Books for Children with Author Barbara Bietz. Books by Sid Fleischman 22. Sort by. Number of Resources Number of Awards Book Title Year Published Word Count Reading Level: ATOS® Reading Level: Lexile®. Browse books by Sid Fleischman.

How can a beautiful white elephant be a terrible curse?

Run-Run, a young elephant trainer, discovers the answer when he incurs the fury of the prince. The boy's punishment? The gift of an elephant, white as a cloud. From that moment forward, the curse reveals itself. According to tradition, so rare an elephant cannot be allowed to work for its keep. It is poor Run-Run who must feed the beast the hundreds of pounds of food it eats each day, and scrub it clean, and brush its pom-pom of a tail, and wash behind its ears, and, above all, keep it from doing any work.

Oh, if only Run-Run could make the magnificent white elephant disappear! Clever as a magician, he does—but the curse has tricks of its own for Run-Run.

Bukelv
Excellent choice
luisRED
The White Elephant is a wonderful book by a legendary children's author, Sid Fleischman. His blend of Twain's wit and O'Henry's love of language brings this story of a boy and his elephants to life in a way no one else could. He used stories of real elephants to create the connection between the boy and his animal friends. Not only is it a great read, but you can leave with actual knowledge about elephants. Did you know elephants like peppermint? Sid cared enough to find out. It enriches the story and the reader's experience. It's a must read for any child who loves animals (and in my opinion for everyone young and old). Buy a copy and read it, then give a copy to children in your life.
Frostdefender
Great Story
Alianyau
I used this book as a gift at a White Elephant Christmas party - because I am clever that way. I read the intro, I mean, it did look interesting. I ended up with baby wipes as my gift - which was not bad, I needed some more for the car and they were Kirkland wipes.
Karon
The English language is chock full of funny terms and phrases. Raise the roof. Give me a hand. A fair weather friend. Yet few phrases, however creative, tend to lead to their very own children's books. Leave it to Sid Fleischman then to change all of that with a wave of his hand. Unless you are directly involved in a white elephant gift exchange, you've probably had very little reason to ponder where the term even came from. With "The White Elephant", however, they'll learn what the term means, where it came from, and the book has the added bonus of containing the ultimate in luxury pets.

Run-Run, resident of Siam and owner of the clever elephant Walking Mountain, has a pretty good life. Get up. Use Walking Elephant to clear away tree stumps or wet down dusty roads. Eat. Relax. Go back to bed. It's a simple life and it suits Run-Run just fine, though he sometimes wonders about what the world outside his tiny sphere must look like. Soon there's little time to ponder such mysteries, however. As fate would have it, one day Walking Mountain accidentally douses Prince Noi, perhaps the idlest of the king's princes, with a heavy flood of river water. As punishment, Noi sends Run-Run a gift that is also a curse. The boy is now sole owner of a beautiful and sacred white elephant. White elephants cannot be used for labor, of course, and their appetites are immense. Now Run-Run must balance the desires of an elephant who just wants to be useful against those of a prince.

I'm always pleased as punch to find a new early chapter children's book. They don't exactly have the publishing stats of fantasy novels, yet they're of great importance to young readers. And Sid Fleischman has always been God's gift to reluctant or early readers. I haven't any statistics to prove this, but I suspect that his "The Whipping Boy" is the number one best read Newbery due in large part to the word "Boy" in the title and its enormously rewarding length (or lack thereof). So it should come as little surprise at this point to find Fleischman bestowing yet another well-written title on our shelves. Part of what I loved about this book was the fact that the elephants acted like elephants. They don't go putting on clothes like Babar and start discussing the weather. No sir! Fleischman even avoids that most tempting of children's literary techniques, the dream sequence. No easy outs for this fellow. Therefore, by the end of the book your kids will be able to discuss what elephants like to eat, why caring for their feet is important, and the sometimes deadly use of their tusks.

I've often said that it is far more difficult for an author to pen well-written early chapter fare than complex 400+ paged tomes. If brevity is a skill then Fleischman has it in spades. Not only do you understand each character's personality, but the author even goes so far as to illustrate Run-Run's dreams of seeing more than his own private corner of the world. More impressive still is a small section of the book wherein Run-Run has a private conversation with himself on whether or not to return the white elephant. Each sentence in the book gets its own line. "A white elephant must be obeyed. Mustn't the prince, also, be obeyed? True. And he will be furious. But isn't the prince always furious? Wipe your nose. I am. Well? I am thinking". I don't know about you, but I have definitely had interior monologues that proceeded at a pace very similar to the dialogue found here.

Oh just buy the book already. What more can I say? It's smart and fun (let's not forget the importance of fun in children's books, okay?) and written beautifully. If more books of this stripe come out, elephants may soon become this season's penguins (if you know what I mean). A must-have for any early chapter collection you know of.
Dishadel
Good reading for all ages. A story with a moral. Good book for reading aloud to your children to talk about how to deal with consequences and how to turn a bad situation into a good outcome.
The White Elephant ebook
Author:
Robert McGuire,Sid Fleischman
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Growing Up & Facts of Life
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Publisher:
Greenwillow Books (October 17, 2006)
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