A Parade of Elephants

illus. by Kevin Henkes. 40p. HarperCollins/Greenwillow. Sept. 2018. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780062668271.
OrangeReviewStarPreS-K—Caldecott winner and fan favorite Henkes is back with a delightful new picture book. "Hooray! The elephants are here." A parade of five round elephants. They march and march all day. They march up and down, in and out, over and under, all around town, and they don't stop until the day is through. But before their day is done, they have one last thing to do: they lift their trunks and scatter a blanket of stars across the night sky. The elephants are ready for bed, and so are viewers. Henkes's images are just as integral as the spare text. Done in a light, pastel palette, the five whimsical and expressive elephants speak for themselves as they march from page to page. Repetition of words and phrases in large, bold font make this a wonderful choice for new readers, but the story is simple enough for the younger set.
VERDICT A must-purchase for all libraries. Recommended to be shared with a group or read one-on-one at bedtime.

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