Olive observes life from the heights of the jacaranda. While Freddie barks at the tree’s base, she watches her father, overwhelmed by The Elephant that is his constant companion. It seems to deny his from connection with life. How might Olive make The Elephant disappear?
Her friend Arthur says that elephants can live for more than seventy years! Then again, Grandad says that Olive should leave Dad alone, that he needs time. Grandad collects her from school with a purple rucksack that they might have adventures; making and flying paper aeroplanes across the park, visiting antique markets.They are ‘side by side’ companions. It seems that Grandad fills all the holes in her life, including her packed lunchbox! Yet still, Olive is determined that Dad should be solved. Therefore, might urging him to complete renovation of the old bike that she might show it at the school’s centenary help? Would it banish The Elephant?
From the gentle, nurturing relationships between family members and friendships, to Olive’s loving concern, The Elephant oozes compassion and kindness. Furthermore, it’s a perfectly told story. We watch life unfolding for Olive and her family and classmates and wonder how things might pan out, what Olive will present at school…
Bookwagon adores this book. We recommend it for reading and sharing at home and school, talking over, rereading and treasuring. The Elephant is a very, very special book.