I don’t normally share picture books at ALWAYS in the MIDDLE. They’re for the under six crowd, right? Well, here’s my little confession: I love picture books and have read them out loud in the middle grade classroom and at a memorial service for a beloved librarian. They are quick to share, have colorful images, and most of all carry a lesson about life.
Randal is an otter but decides he can be anything in life and that anything is becoming an elephant. He goes to live with them and enjoys his time but in the end discovers who he really wants to be—an otter.
“What did you learn from Randal’s story,” I asked a group of twelve-year-olds.
The best answer was “You won’t know what you like to do unless you try.”
The illustrations are superb and show the various animals in the body posture appropriate for each scene. The backgrounds are soothing and just might have been done with water colors. A bonus in the final pages is a DID YOU KNOW? set of cool facts about elephants.
A great gift idea for the young dreamer in your life.
An Overview from Persnickity Press:
Randal the Elephant is a story of courage and self-identity. Randal dreams of being something bigger, much bigger than himself—an elephant. And he has the conviction to follow his dream.
Randal looks at the diversity in his world and sees its beauty and majesty. His friends embrace his choice and express their enduring love for him, no mater what his chosen outward identity.
Join Randal on his journey, never forgetting who he is, as he explores who he can become.
About the Author (from her website)
Ciara Gavin writes and illustrates picture books for children. She graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. Her work appears in the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History there and has been exhibited at galleries throughout Ireland. She lives in Dublin with her son.