Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A New Book For The Road!

We always take along a few books when we travel. The kids love to watch their DVD in the car, but after a few hours, they want something else to do. Sam looks at pictures or pretends to read. Logan reads quietly or aloud if we are not in traffic. If it's raining at our destination, books are a great way to get their minds off the rain. I usually pack a backpack of books and coloring books for the road! I recently reviewed a new book to add to our backpack! In “Ella the Pink Elephant: Her Life, Love and Fame” (ISBN 1469937565), children’s author Doris Rueger writes and illustrates a fantasy tale with a moral message. It follows the life of Ella the Elephant, a star-studded pachyderm that never lacked for attention.

As a child, Ella was the star animal of one of the world’s largest zoos. Her keepers dressed her in pink silks and shawls, while friends and admirers flocked to her side. Yet as all creatures must do, Ella grew older. She grew tired of all the work it took to remain at the center of everyone’s attention. After many years, Ella wanted to be taken to a retirement zoo where she could rest and enjoy her days in peace. In this restful reserve, Ella was by herself. For the first time, she looked at herself in the mirror, without makeup or fancy clothes, and saw an aging elephant with grey skin and wrinkles. “Who am I?” she asked. “I am neither Ella, the beautiful elephant baby, nor am I Ella, the gorgeous elephant modeling expensive clothes and being the star at weddings. I am just plain me. No adornments. Will I still be loved?” Ella would have to find a new way to be happy. She looks in the mirror and realizes she was a beloved elephant, full of tender memories that she could enjoy for the rest of her life.

We were given the opportunity to read this endearing book to complete our own review. I loved following the tale of Ella, from birth through the years. She goes through many changes that people of all ages can identify with. I think what she learns through her aging process should be learned by all, not just children. It's heart warming and sweet, but I think all the pink will keep some boys from enjoying it more. I wish the author had written a more gender neutral book, to reach a wider audience, but those are my personal thoughts.My four year old didn't mind, but my nine year old yearned for danger and action! Doris Rueger's book will be loved by many. She has a way of connecting with her readers through her characters and beautifully written words.  Buy “Ella the Pink Elephant: Her Life, Love and Fame” online at Amazon.com and other channels!

About the Author:
Born and raised in Germany, Doris Rueger attended college in the United States and graduated with a master’s degree in literature and journalism. After a 30-year career in the scientific community, she now pursues her love of literature by writing and illustrating children’s books. Ms. Rueger currently lives in Bellport.

Disclosure: I was compensated for this review, however, any opinions expressed are mine and not influenced in any way.

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