Tweak Tweak Hardcover – May 23 2011
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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, The Wall , Fly Away Home , and Train to Somewhere . 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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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.
It wasn't very long before Little Elephant tweak, tweaked Mama's tail again. This time she spotted a little, smiling monkey high up in an acacia tree. "Mama? What is that?" There would be a lot of tweak, tweaking that day and many questions, but Mama would answer them all. Soon Little Elephant would learn about crocodiles, butterflies, and songbirds, but most of all she would learn about what little elephants could do. Tweak, tweak! Was it more fun to be an elephant?
This is a delightful tale that little children will love. Every little one is full of questions about the world around them and Little Elephant is just like them. I loved the way Little Elephant learned about the world around him by tweak, tweaking his Mama's tail and asking questions. The elephant artwork is adorable and perfectly captures Little Elephant's innocent curiosity. If you have a curious little one who is always asking questions, he or she will get a case of the giggles reading about the curious Little Elephant!