Paul has no one to play with. The sandbox is empty. Or is it?
As he digs and pats the sand, a shape appears: an elephant. Curling up under the elephant’s warm, sandy trunk, Paul drifts off to sleep. But then something amazing happens. The sand elephant stands up, and lifts Paul onto its back!
The sand elephant takes Paul to a wonderful land where incredible sand animals and their children are laughing and playing together. But what will happen when the wind starts to blow and the rain starts to fall?
In this delightful celebration of the power of childhood imagination, Rinna Herman’s story combines with pictures full of vibrancy and charm by acclaimed illustrator Sanne Dufft. This gentle story reassures children that friends from our imagination stay with us forever, so we need never feel alone.
Sanne Dufft was born in Darmstadt, Germany, in 1974. She studied Art Therapy in Nürtingen, Germany, and worked with children with a variety of special needs (and special gifts) in Northern Ireland. She has gone on to work for a children’s magazine and illustrated her first picture book, Der Sandelefant (The Sand Elephant), published by Urachhaus, Germany, in Spring 2015. She is the illustrator of several picture books (including ‘The Shepherd Boy and the Christmas Gifts’ and ‘Bear Child’ and author/illustrator of ‘The Night Lion’ and ‘Paula Knows what to Do’. Sanne lives with her husband and three children in beautiful Tübingen, in the South of Germany.
For my children
For my family, and everyone who encouraged me
Wishes and belief make playtime magical. Originally published in Germany, this book’s soft-edged art and straightforward layout create a traditional presentation. The text’s comforting message of resurrection is pleasant, if obviously not universal. Speckled watercolors make for a convincingly grainy texture in the predominant sand.(…) A classic-feeling book with some rough edges.
An uplifting story about resiliency and creativity.