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The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na

The Thingamabob

by Il Sung Na

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Rather inconsequential as a story, but the pictures are really pretty. Not as stunning or as diverse as in [b:Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons|8526377|Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit A Book of Changing Seasons|Il Sung Na|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1366106267s/8526377.jpg|13393382], but very pretty all the same. ( )
  Fjola | Apr 23, 2015 |
The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na is about an elephant and an umbrella. Imagine finding something and having no one to explain its purpose to you. That's the elephant's conundrum.

The umbrella isn't a boat. It isn't a parachute. It can't hide him. So what is it for?

It's a delightful book with the pay off being in the adorable illustrations. What sort of things can you think of that an umbrella might also be? ( )
  pussreboots | Dec 19, 2014 |
Our hero, a rotund yet delicate elephant, stumbles upon a bright red object but has no idea what it is. He explores it with his senses, asks his friends, and runs a series of experiments (flying, sailing, camouflage). Still at a complete loss he holds it aloft and cries out, "What are you, then?!" And the sky answers with a rainstorm. Pleased with his discovery, the elephant invites his friends to huddle under the umbrella with him. Young readers will delight in identifying the umbrella before the elephant does and following his humorous journey of curiosity and discovery. Na's illustrations are stunning as usual, with their rich texture and thrilling shifts of perspective.
  rarewren | May 3, 2014 |
Delightful illustrations. Love the figuring-it-out section in the middle with the "Maybe/maybe not" call and response. Also love the bear tilting his head at the end to get part of himself under the umbrella. Young kids will enjoy knowing more about umbrellas than the elephant! ( )
  MelissaZD | Dec 31, 2013 |
This is one cute elephant - not too cutesy mind you -just very loveable. The story is very simple, but the illustration could almost make this work as a wordless book. Il Sung Na needs to move to the US and win some Caldecotts! ( )
  alyson | Aug 29, 2013 |
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For my nephew Rueben
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An elephant finds a "thingamabob" and experiments until he discovers what to do with it.

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