The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey

the memory of an elephantAn elephant never forgets! This quirky, oversized, content-rich cabinet of curiosities is the story of Marcel, a very cool elephant. Narrative text describes Marcel. He is a connoisseur of good food, a clotheshorse, a skyscraper expert, and he is compiling an encyclopedia. Illustrations, sidebars, and full-page compendiums give facts about his many interests, including elephants, buildings, ships, geography, and plants. For example, we see Marcel playing a tuba and the opposite page offers facts on instruments, such as the sitar, balalaika, glockenspiel, and electric guitar. The brilliant, detailed spreads are captivating. In the end, his friends arrive to celebrate his birthday. They dance the night away beneath the stars. Marcel’s story concludes with a recipe for La Crepe Marcelette (with banana), his gourmand glossary, a key to the modern furniture in his apartment, and a list of his rare and amazing animal friends. mjw
Title: The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey
Author: Sophie Strady
Illustrator
: Jean-Francoise Martin
Publisher
: Chronicle Books, San Francisco
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Kate Willsky
Original Title
: La memoire de l’elephant
Original Publisher
: Helium, Paris
Original Copyright
: 2012
ISBN
: 978-1-4521-2903-7
Hardcover pages
: 38
Age range
: 8 up
Genre
: Picture book
Book setting
: Asia, Panama, Paris, Vietnam
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: France
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French
Illustrator’s residence
: France
Subjects
: Animals, Birthdays, Buildings, Elephants, Encyclopedia, Fashion, Food, France, French history, Furniture, Memory, Music, Paris, Ships

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