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TWEAK TWEAK by Eve Bunting


by Eve Bunting & illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: May 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-618-99851-7
Publisher: Clarion

Elephant mother and daughter enact an ages-old parent-child ritual. This book presents a pretty and friendly world, in which Mama Elephant is blue, Little Elephant is white and rosy, the sand is peach and every animal wears an expression of contented amusement. When Little Elephant goes for a walk with Mama, she holds on to Mama’s tail and tweaks it twice to ask a question. Little sees a frog jumping and wants to know, “Can I jump?” Readers turn the page to a spread of Little flying through the air to the shock of the frogs below. “No,” says Mama, “because you are not a frog. You are a little elephant. But you can stomp your foot and make a big sound.” “Like that, Mama?” “Just like that, my little elephant,” and the picture shows Little making quite a fine STOMP, STOMP! As they walk, Little imagines climbing an acacia tree like the monkeys, flying with a very anthropomorphic and beruffled butterfly and singing like a bird, only to learn what elephants do instead. Mama praises her for asking questions, so she can learn and grow to be “a big, strong, smart, beautiful elephant”—just like her Mama, suggests Little Elephant. In a nice touch, it is Little who leads Mama back home, past all the animals they saw on their walk. Captures exactly and sweetly a developmental ideal for both child and parent. (Picture book. 3-5)