In a bedtime story about a bedtime story, Laura's mother tells her about the birthday long ago when she received a toy elephant--handmade by Laura's great-grandmother--and named it Charlotte. Mama tells how she treasured Charlotte and took such care of her that Charlotte eventually became the favorite of her own little girl, whom she named Laura Charlotte. Glowing with love and security, this marks a strong debut for its author. Cooper's rich, lucent art--in the style he used so successfully for Howard's Chita's Christmas Tree (1989)--is a perfect complement to the affectionate story. Just right for storytime as well as bedtime.