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- Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
- Format: Paperback | 32 pages
- Dimensions: 194mm x 222mm x 8mm | 118g
- Publication date: 1 September 2007
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1842705792
- ISBN 13: 9781842705797
- Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
- Sales rank: 55,967
Once elephants came in two colours: black or white. They loved all other creatures - but each set wanted to exterminate the elephants that were not the same as themselves. Peace-loving individuals ran and hid in the deepest jungle, and battle commenced. The war-mongers all succeeded. For a long time it seemed that there were no elephants in the world at all, not of any colour. But then the descendants of the peace-loving ones emerged from the jungle, and by now they were all grey.
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David McKee's first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in many languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.
By MRS Rebecca Yeadon 13 Oct 2010
I did not think this book was suitable for the young children I work with (aged 2 1/2 - 4 yrs). The story was meant to be a first lesson in tolerance but I felt the story was a harsh first lesson and did'nt have a happy ending which would of promoted this outcome.
"A first lesson in tolerance. The illustrations are exceptionally ingenious ... the colours are especially lovely." T.E.S. "[David McKee] is considered one of the UK's leading children's book illustrators." Artist & Illustrators Magazine "A very thought-provoking tale for young children ... which provides a lesson in tolerance" NPhA News "David McKee's versatility is astonishing" School Librarian "David McKee's versatility is astonishing" The School Librarian