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Elephant in the Dark

by Mina Javaherbin

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This is a great book to teach children about perceptions. This book has people describing and perceiving the animal in the dark room in various different ways. It shows that if people all had collaborated and combined their ideas together they would have had a better chance of figuring it out together than all arguing and not being open minded for other people suggestions on what the animal might be. ( )
  jessrobinson19 | Apr 20, 2018 |
The characters in the story were wearing very traditional clothing. The theme
of this story is to know the entire story before you share what you think you may know. Each person only saw or felt a piece of the elephant and reported that it was something else, a tree, a snake… but in reality it was an elephant and they missed it because they were to busy arguing over who was right. I will be reading this to my class after doing a mystery box and writing activity. Each of their answers will be different as to what they felt, but when put together they could maybe come up with the answer. Genre: Traditional ( )
  Josh2018 | Mar 17, 2018 |
This is a book thats based on a poem by Rumi. Its a persian poem that the author translated into english. This story is about a merchant who brings a mysterious big creature from India. Everyone in the village were so curious, but the merchant woudlnt show him becasue he was so tired. Evetually, one at a time, a villagers went in to find their own versions of what the animal was like.
  mapeck129 | Dec 3, 2017 |
After researching, I found this book was inspired by a poem by Rumi. It is enlightening and witty.
  bault | Aug 16, 2017 |
This story is based off of a poem by Rumi. A merchant brings a mysterious creature from India and the villagers cannot wait until morning to see the beast. They sneak into the dark, each one describing just a part of the elephant and claiming it to be like a snake, tree trunk, fan, paintbrush, etc. They argue all through the night not realizing that each element of what they've seen makes up the bigger picture. They are so engulfed in arguing that they don't even notice the merchant walk by with the elephant in the morning. ( )
  tessayondorf | Aug 15, 2017 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0545636701, Hardcover)

A bold, humorous rendition of "The Three Blind Men and the Elephant", magnificently illustrated by an award-winning artist!

When the villagers hear of a huge and mysterious creature that has come all the way from India, they steal into the dark barn to find out what it is.

"It's like a snake!" says one.
"It's like a tree trunk," says another.
"No, it's like a fan!" argues the third.

Who is right? Which of them knows the creature's true shape?

Mina Javaherbin's charming and witty retelling combined with Eugene Yelchin's refreshingly brilliant illustrations bring this enlightened classic, inspired by Rumi's poem, vividly to life.


(retrieved from Amazon Sun, 12 Jul 2015 08:57:20 -0400)

In this version of the blind men and the elephant, based on a poem by Rūmī, Persian villagers try to figure out what strange animal in a dark barn has arrived from India.

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