My Big Embarrassing Elephant

My Big Embarrassing Elephant
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September 19, 2023
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Maya and her family have a problem. They try ignoring it, dancing around it, even sweeping it under the rug. Yet the elephant in the room remains. And Maya is at her wit's end figuring out how to hide it from everyone. Then a new friend moves in next door, and Maya begins wondering if there might be a better way to deal with the whole situation?
Angie Lucas's clever story about friendship in the face of overwhelming problems is given hilarious life by Pierre Collet-Derby. A fun read-aloud for story time, bedtime, and anytime.
This empathetic and kid-friendly story is perfect for teaching lessons about how to deal with embarrassment.
Readers who like other compassionate books about social emotional learning, like The Rabbit Listened,by Cori Doerrfeld, The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig or Who Wet My Pants by Bob Shea will love My Big Embarrassing Elephant.

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When a little girl gets a new friend, she tries her best to hide the elephant in her room. Her parents do the same like sweeping it under the rug. It isn’t until the new friend introduces her elephant that the girl realizes she isn’t the only one with an elephant to hide.

Everyone is embarrassed about something and our instincts are to hide them as a secret. MY BIG EMBARRASSING ELEPHANT teaches the importance of embracing those things you are embarrassed about. Since everyone has one of these secrets, we should accept each other and look past these fears without judgment.

I love the symbolism of the elephant and metaphoric situation of trying to hide an elephant from everyone. Usually when you’re embarrassed or ashamed of something, it can feel like an elephant sitting on your shoulders. It’s also a great way to teach children to accept people for their faults. The illustrations are silly which add humor to an otherwise serious topic.

Final Verdict: I would recommend this to children aged four and up of all backgrounds. This would also make a great story to share in elementary classrooms because it has a powerful message that isn’t typically addressed.
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