What Readers Are Saying:
"This book is beautifully written and illustrated allowing a soft and safe touch on the topic of loss for children." ~ Shara Gunther.; mom to a four-year-old boy
"Oh look, there's a lot of elephants... Silly bird... I like giraffes... Mommy, this is a long book... 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 - that's a lot of elephants... Why did she die?... Butts! HA HA" ~Andreas Gunther. a four-year-old boy
"I absolutely loved this book! I got emotional, as we lost my grandparents recently, and they were elephant lovers! The simple illustrations really emoted what needed to be there instead of distracting from the message. The language was simple but still poignant. What a great lesson in grief. Bravo, Diana! The purple also is the perfect background color for the grey elephants!" ~ Chelsea Gouin.; Special Education Teacher and Author
I just wrote a review for Emmett Elephant's Love on Amazon. "I won this book in a promotional event. This is a book about dealing with the loss of a loved one, written for very young children. It's been a long time since I had littles, but I think this handles the topic in a nice way that toddlers through maybe 4-year-olds will find comforting. Anger as a reaction to death is not mentioned, so perhaps children old enough to feel this way will not relate, but parents can choose if this would be appropriate. The layout is simple and easy for small children to grasp cognitively. Illustrations are cute- depicting Emmett's family and friends. Lots of nice facial expressions. I found the large heart graphic behind the words distracting when the words spilled over the edge of the heart."
~Joan H. Young
This is the story of Emmett Elephant.
One day, with the help of his friends, Patrick Egret, and Gregg Giraffe, he learns a very important thing.
Smart elephants know that listening to their heart, even in sadness, is a strong thing to do.
This is a gentle picture book that teaches children about the death of a grandparent, and the strength of family and friendship.
Reading Audience: 3 years and up.
Illustrated by David D. Plopa
No swearing or use of deity as a swear word (dang, darn, and other substitutes okay)
May contain minimal crude humor appropriate for young children and up
No descriptions of nudity
No sex or talking about sex
No kissing (except a quick peck or two)
May contain minimal violence or horror
May contain minimal discrimination or bullying
No drug, alcohol, or tobacco use by minors
May contain small mention of alcohol and tobacco use by adults
"This is a sweet and message-driven tale about losing a loved one, specifically a grandparent, and how to cope with that loss. If you're looking for a gentle and straightforward way to broach the topic of death with younger children, then you should check out this book. Several specific suggestions are given about how to prepare for the passing of a loved one as well as how to deal with that loss. I enjoyed reading how Emmett's friends tried to comfort him, which I think children can relate to. Emmett is able to endure his sadness because he is surrounded by family and friends. Children will also enjoy reading about different animals. The illustrations are warm and realistic. The animals' faces express a lot of emotion, especially in their closeup views. I especially enjoyed the drawing of Gregg the Giraffe with his smart ears and big eyes. I also really liked the drawing of Emmett's grandma and grandpa embracing. It showed such a tender moment. The book lets kids know that it is okay to be sad, and it's okay to express those feelings of sadness. Thinking about a lost loved one can be difficult, but remembering that person keeps them close to your heart. "