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Tweak Tweak [Hardcover]

Eve Bunting , Sergio Ruzzier

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Book Description

May 28 2011
Little Elephant and Mama Elephant are going for a walk. “Hold on to my tail,” says Mama. “If you want to ask me a question, tweak twice.” Tweak, tweak! “Mama, what is that?” Little Elephant is curious about the frog, the monkey, the songbird, the butterfly, and the crocodile—and especially about what a little elephant can do. Mama knows just how to answer, to help her cherished Little Elephant grow. 

Eve Bunting’s tender text and Sergio Ruzzier’s whimsical illustrations make this walk with Mama an excursion any little elephant would enjoy.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (May 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618998519
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618998517
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 21 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #720,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


"Young children will enjoy following Little Elephant’s fantasies....Along with the imaginative silliness, the nurturing parent-child tenderness is the core of the story."—Booklist   "The pairing of Bunting’s traditional text, powered by an elegant repeating structure, with Ruzzier’s offbeat art is unexpectedly fabulous."—Horn Book Magazine, starred review

About the Author

EVE BUNTING has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz. She lives in Southern California.

Sergio Ruzzier has illustrated a number of picture books, some of which he also wrote. Italian by birth, he lives in Brooklyn. Visit him at http://www.ruzzier.com/.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for your storybook collection! Jan. 14 2012
By Deborah Sandford - Published on Amazon.com
The charming pen and ink illustrations of this book will tickle you pink, or blue! Bunting's story is sweet and funny and definitely gets the laughs in story time, especially from the moms. "Hold on to my tail, Little Elephant. If you want to ask me a question, tweak twice." As Mama and Little Elephant go for a walk, Little Elephant has many questions. "Mama? What is that?" "That is a frog." What is he doing? " "He's jumping." "Can I jump?" And for each tweak and question, Mama answers her little one on what it is little elephants can and can't do. This is such a sweet and humorous book, highly recommended for home or public library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good little elephant book Oct. 20 2011
By Madigan McGillicuddy - Published on Amazon.com
A sweet little adventure story about a baby elephant and her mother who spend the day taking a stroll. Sergio Ruzzier's pen and ink and watercolor illustrations which have verged on the melancholy or surreal in earlier offerings such as Amandina and Hey, Rabbit!, are simply charming here.

Little Elephant holds onto Mama's tail (the elephant version of holding hands) and is encouraged to tweak her mother's tail when she has a question. Passing by a jumping frog, a climbing monkey, a swimming crocodile and more, Little Elephant asks her mother if she can do what the other animals are doing. I loved the imaginative two-page spreads as Little Elephant pictures herself leaping, flying and singing, and Mama Elephant gently reminds her of more elephantine alternatives: spraying herself with water from her trunk, scratching against a tree, and so on. There's a comforting cadence to the repeating refrain "Did that feel good my little elephant? Very good, Mama. And on they went."

I loved Little Elephant's furrowed brow of determination as she tries out stomping her feet, and the serene smile she wears when she remembers the way home and leads Mama Elephant behind her. This cozy read is just right for preschoolers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Little Elephant, Big Elephant Sept. 13 2011
By Catherine W. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
When Little Elephant and Mama Elephant take a walk, Little Elephant asks all sorts of questions about the other animals that they see. Curious Little Elephant learns all kinds of things about the other animals in his habitat, while also learning what it means to be an elephant. Children ages 2-5 will enjoy this warm and loving picture book about motherhood and growing up.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great interactive read aloud for preschoolers! May 29 2014
By Stephanie X. Dileonardo - Published on Amazon.com
My 2.5 year old LOVED this book! It's a heart warming story about an inquisitive elephant and a mother teaching her what little elephants can do. Each one is something children can act out (stomping feet, flapping ears, trumpeting, etc.) as well as pulling the imaginary tail to say, "Tweak, tweak" before each question. This was also a nice fiction book to read during a unit on elephants, since it has some true-to-life details about elephants, like spraying water through their trunks, scratching their backs on trees, and remembering the path to a water hole and back. Highly recommend!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cute story! Sept. 15 2013
By Cherie A. James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my daycare program and the children loved it. I like the Eve Bunting stories. The pictures were adorable!

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