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The Elephant Who Liked To Smash Small Cars

by Jean Merrill

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Thank you YouTube and mrhandler for enabling me to 'read' this.

I have no idea how to rate it, though. I'm sure a child would gleefully cheer on first the elephant, and then the car salesman, as they each enjoy binges of smashing. However, I really wouldn't want my children to be exposed to all this mayhem, or to the idea that violent revenge is a great way to solve interpersonal problems.

Otoh, [b:The Pushcart War|542729|The Pushcart War|Jean Merrill|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1175650395s/542729.jpg|2092] was about escalating violent vengefulness, and I loved that book, and was not harmed by it. In fact, I may have developed my aversion to revenge by my many reads of that classic. Maybe this book is intended to teach the same lesson to littler kids - and maybe it would be effective. After all, I've learned that it's all too easy to underestimate the clear-eyed insights and perceptive wisdom of children. I'd love to know what your children think of this story and its message!
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
My son (now 35) loved this book when he was about three or four, and insisted I read it over and over. Decided recently I'd like to have a copy and looked it up on Amazon - was some ludicrous price - several hundred dollars. So now, of course, I'd REALLY like to have a copy. But I'm not about to pay more than $50. I've added this one to my lengthy list of Quests.
  ReeseGuyton | Dec 3, 2010 |
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