When your elephant has the sniffles, you better make sure he doesn’t sneeze! This charming and hilarious board book highlights the many ways to make an under-the-weather elephant feel better!
Does your elephant have the sniffles? Make sure to take good care of him because you don’t want him to start sneezing. Gather up your tissues and your pillows and make that elephant feel better! But don’t get too close…or you just might end up with the sniffles, too!
Super cute book! The little girl’s antics trying to help her elephant feel better are adorable (and hilarious!) and the parody of the parent-child relationship may be lost on your toddler, but it won’t be on you :) I love that it creates empathy for the care giver and gives kids a framework for relating to how to take care of sick people (whether that’s them, a sibling, or a parent!) It’s a little long for my 18-month-old currently, and I have to read it pretty quickly or point out lots of things as we read to keep him engaged, but I’m holding out for the idea that it’s planting fantastic ideas in his subconscious, and he’ll enjoy it more as his attention span increases.
Such a fun book to talk to your kids about sickness with a fun storyline. The whole story is about how you can help and take care of an elephant that has the sniffles, and the ideas in it teach how they can react if a sibling, parent, or they themselves get a cold.
Susanna is an award winning children’s author who has authored 15 children’s books with 10 more forthcoming over the next two years. She was born in New York City and attended Brearley School, then graduated with a degree in English and Psychology from Middlebury College. Later she received her M.A. and M.Ed. from Columbia University. She spent many years teaching dyslexic students, and she has been writing stories ever since the second grade, when she wrote her first story, The Girl and The Witch. Her books have earned awards including Junior Library Guild Selection, Amelia Bloomer Project Feminist Books For Youth, Booklist Children’s Pick, Children’s Book of the Month, Parents Magazine #1 Board Book 2017, and Gold Mom’s Choice Award. In addition to authoring children’s books, she is a mother to five, a teacher, and a lecturer.
Where did you get the idea for When Your Elephant Has the Sniffles?
Susanna: I have five children, and over the years they have supplied me with plenty of inspiration for stories. When Your Elephant Has The Sniffles was born from the many times one child brought the sniffles home from school and thoughtfully shared them with the rest of the family :) It is part of a series in which all the stories revolve around finding the fun in experiences that children sometimes find objectionable or unpleasant. In these stories, the animal has to take a bath or get the sniffles or have a haircut, and the child gets to be in charge - a nice switch on reality. When it came to the sniffles I thought, what could be worse than an elephant sneeze? And that’s how it was an elephant that got the sniffles :)