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Little Elliot, Big Family by Mike Curato

Little Elliot, Big Family

by Mike Curato

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  ThatOneLibrarian | Aug 18, 2018 |
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  melodyreads | Feb 13, 2017 |
Little Elliot, Big Family is a story about an elephant who does not have a family. He is sad until his friend Mouse welcomes him into his own family. I like this book because it shows a great message to children. It shows that everyone deserves to be loved, even if they are different. This book really showcases that message through the illustrations. Towards the end of the book, Elliot (the elephant) is shown having fun and playing with all of his new mice friends. "The party went on for hours. Elliot had a wonderful time!" I also enjoyed the language used throughout the book. It was easy to read, yet still portrayed the emotions of the characters and the tone of the story. "Elliot wondered what it would be like to have 147 cousins. Or even just one. It was getting cold, so Elliot decided to see a movie. The theater was big and dark. And empty. Elliot missed mouse." The illustrations of the story were very nice. They also portrayed the emotions that Elliot was feeling. When he was feeling sad and lonely, the illustrations were dark with muted colors. When Elliot was feeling happy and loved, the illustrations were bright and colorful. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. ( )
  CassieLThompson | Nov 15, 2016 |
Love, love, LOVE Little Elliott! I am not usually a fan of recent picture book "franchises," but Little Elliott is the sweet, kind, curious character/mirror little kids need. The illustrations are breathtaking. The text is simple, concise, & lovely. A hit with the two year old & his parents, alike.

More Little Elliott, please!!!! ( )
  mitsya | Jul 5, 2016 |
Elliot, the little polka-dotted elephant whose story began in Little Elliot, Big City, returns in this second picture-book devoted to his adventures. Happily living with his new friend Mouse, whom he met in the preceding tale, Elliot becomes disconsolate when Mouse leaves for a family reunion, and he once again finds himself alone. With a roommate who has parents, grandparents, 15 brothers, 19 sisters, 25 aunts, 27 uncles, and 147 cousins, Elliot's own family-less state seems twice as lonely. Wandering the city, he sees families of all kinds, but none for him. Even a visit to the cinema reminds him of his solitude. And then, walking home, he encounters Mouse, and is included in a most unexpected family (and family event)...

Like its predecessor, Little Elliot, Big Family is a charming book, one which features beautiful artwork and an engaging tale of finding family in unlikely places. I appreciated the view offered of a vintage 1940s-style New York City, and the diverse families that Elliot encounters in his wanderings. Mike Curato's artwork continues to remind me a bit of Chris Van Allsburg, which is high praise indeed, coming from me. The story offers a gentle lesson in the importance of family, the diversity of families (including the human family), and the need at times to find family in non-traditional ways. I am delighted that there is a forthcoming Little Elliot book, Little Elliot, Big Fun, due out later this year. I will definitely be picking up a copy! ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Feb 18, 2016 |
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When Mouse heads off to his family reunion, Little Elliot decides go for a walk. As he explores each busy street, he sees families in all shapes and sizes. In a city of millions, Little Elliot feels very much alone--until he finds he has a family of his own!

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:48:21 -0400)

At Mouse's house, Elliot the elephant finds more than a friend--he finds a family.

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