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Grandma Tildy finally agrees to take an unwanted elephant into her home, but soon regrets her decision....

Title : But No Elephants
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ISBN : 9780819310071
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 44 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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But No Elephants Reviews

  • Mona
    2018-10-17 15:08

    My parents received this book through a mailing subscription list (it was like Netflix but with kids' books, back in the 1980s), and it became an all-time favorite book in our house. My older sister loved it, I loved it, my younger brother loved it. My dad says he still remembers how vigorously we all three would shake our heads at the repeated line of the story, "But no elephants!" He said he can't wait to read it to the future grandkids. Good thing we kept it!

  • Cheryl
    2018-10-21 12:00

    I'm glad I kept this on my list until I found a new library to join. It's one of those magically nostalgic classics, a 'sleeper' or 'cult' favorite, if you will. Kids, including child me, get a true kick, and feel the wonder of being able to empathize with the old lady, the pet salesman, and the critters too. There are also some neat details in the pictures; for example I love the smaller critters in bed, and the overalls the grandma changes into to cut wood. If you actually have kids or grandkids, you might actually want to buy this. If you don't, get it from your library, and if they don't have it, ask them to buy it. (Refer them to GR reviews to persuade them!) Btw, it's also Vegan-friendly. I will consider more by the author.

  • Maggie Stiefvater
    2018-11-04 15:09

    I know this isn't a new book, but it is still hands-down my three-year-old's favorite bedtime story. He will listen to this book back to back night after night. In between the old woman who takes on every animal but an elephant, the pet salesman who tries to foist the elephant upon her, and the various ways the animals help her, there's lots of opportunities for funny voices and sound effects. Definitely a keeper.***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Consider a novel's presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement. I can't believe I just said "hearty." It sounds like a stew.****

  • Sara Grochowski
    2018-11-15 14:16

    A forever favorite!

  • J. Boo
    2018-10-24 12:13

    Pleasant little kids book about an elderly lady who is an itinerant pet salesman's best customer, willing to buy all the animals he trots out for her, BUT NO ELEPHANTS. Not a spoiler to guess with what she eventually winds up. The kids have been requesting it multiple times, so good all around.Me: 3/5DS#1 (age 5) & DD (age 3): 4/5

  • Kristie
    2018-10-24 09:02

    Cute little children's story about how everyone is special and helpful in their own way.

  • Kendra Loch
    2018-11-06 10:00

    But No Elephants has been my favorite children's book from the day that I got it-about 18 years ago! One day, a salesman came to her house selling pets and asked her if she would like to buy a canary bird. Grandma says her famous lines, "Very well. But no elephants!" The canary sang for Grandma Tildy and gave her company. The next few days the pet man came again and again and Grandma continued to buy pets with her phrase "Very well. But no elephants!" But soon an elephant was all that was left and the salesman left it outside for Grandma, even though she didn't want it. The days were getting colder and colder and soon snow came and the elephant was finally allowed to come in.A favorite of mine showing that there is a purpose for everyone and everything.

  • Dolly
    2018-11-11 16:07

    This is a humorous story about a little old lady who ends up with a variety of pets. All of the animals have a particular talent that helps the household, but the elephant is so big - what can he do? It's a fun tale and our girls really liked the ending.But the question I pose is she an animal hoarder? She fits the profile: single, lonely older woman. I just finished the book Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things and I know it will change the way I look at things for a long time!

  • Dianna
    2018-11-13 08:15

    "Grandma Tildy lived all alone. She worked hard every day. She had no time to play." Then the pet man comes and eventually filters off all his pets to her, including the elephant she adamantly refuses. The elephant breaks the house and eats all the food. What will Grandma Tildy and her pets do? The elephant finds a solution.This was a childhood favorite of mine and now my son loves it as well. Not a word is out of place, and the illustrations are charming, with just the right amount of detail.

  • Megan
    2018-11-15 09:10

    I used to love this book as a child. This litle old lady buys just about every type of animal from a salesman. Every time she refuses to buy the elephant though. Eventually the salesman just leaves the elephant on her front door. It rains and snows and finally she lets him come in. He turns out to be a real help to her...and well its just a charming book :)

  • Rachel
    2018-11-14 11:01

    This has been my favorite book scince I was really little I give it 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,00,000,000 stars out of 5 READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ruth
    2018-10-25 15:56

    this was one of my favorite books when I was a kid!

  • Kim
    2018-11-13 15:15

    read this book to my son when he was little. he liked the book

  • Laura |
    2018-10-28 11:09

    So cute & silly, and a winner for my animal loving little boy.

  • Carrie Stephens
    2018-11-13 12:13

    One of my ALL time favorite childhood books.

  • Rochelley
    2018-10-17 08:01

    One of my favorites as a child.

  • Tara Morrow
    2018-11-08 12:11

    Cute little kids book about an old lady, Grandma Tildy who is the pet salesman's number one customer, willing to buy all the animals he brings to her, but her one request, NO ELEPHANTS. This book is a great book and is an old time classic. This book would be best used in a classroom for smaller, younger children before naptime, or for those in a classroom when learning about different animals.

  • Asho
    2018-10-26 15:11

    This book seemed like it was going to be straightforward, but took a surprising twist! Both children listened to it attentively. My 5-year-old almost cried when he thought the elephant was going to be left out in the snow. Fortunately, there was a happy ending!

  • Lara Somers
    2018-11-08 14:13

    Great book. Love the story line. If you'd like to check out another children's book about an elephant here is one I wrote! Thanks!The Elephant That Couldn't Sleep

  • Scout Collins
    2018-11-13 16:13

    My sister (especially) and I enjoyed reading this book when we were younger. Great, creative story!

  • Wendy Potter
    2018-11-13 08:01

    Fun and cute book to read! I love hot it has repetition for early readers to get enganged and even participate in the story if read aloud and to feel confident when reading when reading to self. I would use it with very young children and early elementary.

  • Ashlin Edmisten
    2018-10-30 12:07

    You wouldn't think a little, old lady living in a one room home would need ALL THE ANIMALS, but it turns out she does. All the animals, but no elephants. The other animals can all help out; will elephant be able to do the same?

  • Julia Maisel
    2018-10-28 10:09

    The book begins with the sweet and hardworking Grandma Tildy in front of her yellow house, where she lived by herself. A tall salesman with a feather in his cap approached her one day and asked if she would like to buy a yellow canary. She accepted his offer but insisted, "No elephants!" The bird kept her company throughout her daily tasks and so she agreed to buy a beaver the next day from the salesman. Again, Grandma Tildy insisted, "But no elephants!" As the pets began to make Grandma Tildy's life better, she adopted a turtle and a woodpecker. The weather became colder as winter grew closer and the salesman had one animal left to sell, the elephant. Grandma Tildy refused. Despite her stubborn rejection, the elephant sat sadly outside of her yellow house in the snow. After she heard the large creature crying, she invited him in. The elephant was so large that he could barely fit through the door, crashed through the floor, and ate all of the food in the house. Grandma Tildy began to worry because they could not leave the house without freezing and they could not stay in the house because they were out of food. The elephant came up with a thoughtful plan to help. Smath's book is a sweet story that sends a positive message to children. Despite his differences, the elephant helped to solve a problem for the whole house and they appreciated him for this. The illustrations in this story were very intriguing and helped to better explain the plot. In the scenes where the elephant sat sadly outside of Grandma Tildy's house, Smath used blue, black, and white to relay the elephant's melancholy and isolation. When he was welcomed into the house, Smath used warm yellows and oranges to depict the happiness in the scene. Overall, I viewed this book as a heartwarming story of a woman who learns to accept all things into her life; regardless of their differences or challenges. I was impressed with the detailed illustrations and key choice of colors, as well as the entertaining story.

  • Kellie Callahan
    2018-10-22 11:01

    This book is about Grandma Tildy, and the man who keeps selling her pets, and every time she buys an animal from him, she exclaims, “But no elephants!” At first, she buys a canary bird. Then, a beaver. And all of the animals help her around the house. And then, she buys a turtle, but no elephants. And then, she buys a woodpecker. After that, the pet man asks her if she’d like to buy an elephant, because he’s the only animal left and he needs to sell him before winter. She exclaims “No! No elephants!” The pet man leaves, and he leaves the elephant behind. Then it starts to snow. The elephant seems so sad and cold that eventually Grandma Tildy lets him in. Then the elephant crashes through the floor. He eats all of the food. But, he thinks of a way to help everybody. Since his feet are already though the floor, the elephant stands up and walks the house away to a warm and sunny place where winter would not harm them, and then Grandma Tildy welcomes all elephants because of the way that one elephant helped her.This is a story straight from my childhood, and it is as cute now as it was back then. With adorable pictures and a happy story line, it shows readers that everyone has something good to offer if you are willing to give them a chance.

  • Caranna
    2018-11-14 16:07

    One of my favorite stories as a child now lives again as a favorite of my children. Grandma Tildy lives all alone until the pet man comes and asks if she would like to buy a pet. Grandma agrees and finds that she enjoys the company. The pet man returns and every time he does Grandma answers, "Very well. But No Elephants."Every new addition is able to help Granmda in it's own way. The canary sings, the beaver cuts logs, the woodpecker fixes the roof and the turtle gave Grandma a ride home from the story. As the season ends and winter draws near it was time for the pet man to leave. He only had one animal left, the Elephant. Although Grandma firmly stated "NO ELEPHANTS!" the Pet man left him anyway. After listening to the poor elephant crying out in the snow Grandma agreed to let him stay. There were some problems at first, but even the Elephant found a way to make Grandma Tildy's life easier. I love how this book shows that no matter who, or what you are; no matter how big or how small you may be, each of us has something to offer. All of us are unique and have something that only we can give.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-03 14:16

    An old classic about Grandma Tildy who enjoys living all alone. One day a salesman stops by and asks her if she would like a bird. Grandma Tildy accepts the bird but ensures that the salesman understands that no elephants are welcome. This continues until Grandma Tildy has a bird, turtle and a beaver. The house is pretty full when the salesman stops by for the last time and only has the elephant left. Grandma Tildy wants nothing to do with the elephant, so he sits out in the cold, miserable until finally Grandma Tildy relents and lets him in. It takes the entire household pushing and pulling to get the elephant through the front door. After everyone gets comfortable and goes to bed, there's a tremendous crash. Rushing downstairs, the elephant is found to have fallen through the floor!Well, this problem is easily solved. The elephant simply stands up and walks the house and everyone in it down to Florida. Weather in Florida is so much more animal friendly. Grandma Tildy is now happy to accept elephants at all times!Fantastic for storytime read-aloud.

  • Shayla
    2018-11-16 11:59

    This book is about an old woman, Grandma Tildy, who is visited by a man who sells animals. Grandma Tildy continuously buys the animals that the man sells her, but she says she will never buy an elephant. These animals make Grandma Tildy’s life better, and they all help one another out. The man eventually leaves the elephant at Grandma Tildy’s house, in the winter. She lets the elephant inside and he eats all her food, and breaks her home. But then the elephant walks, and walks, and walks, to a tropical paradise.I love this book. It is one of my favorites because it has very cute animals in it that make Grandma Tildy’s life better. The pictures are very cute, and the text fits perfectly with the pictures. I would use this book to teach my children to be nice to everyone you come in contact with because it’s the nice thing to do, and they could bless and enrich your life. I would teach them with this book not to be prejudice against anyone or anything, because everyone is special in their own way.

  • Anthony W
    2018-11-05 09:12

    He is a book that deals with a grandma that would buy animals from the local pet man everytime he offered. Every animal she agrees to get helps her with the work she has in some way. The pet man always offers an elephant until one day she gets him, which he causes problems for her daily until one day he saves the day.Here is a clever cartoon book with colorful pictures. The cover has a picture with an elephant getting stuck while trying to enter the house. Then you open up to the title page and you find a whole different picture, its the elephant hugging the grandma and both smiling. This gets you ready and looking for the part that the elephant and grandma get along. Throughtout the story each illustration that was used goes along exactly with the text. This is enjoyable for the reader because they can follow along and enjoy the reading because the pictures help understand the reading easier.

  • Marissa J.
    2018-10-28 08:55

    This clever, somewhat repetitive book, is one about a grandmother who keeps taking animals offered to her by the local pet man. Each animal she takes serves a purpose, except the elephant that she originally refused to take. The elephant only causes problems for the grandma until the end of the story where he saves the day.A cartoon illustrated book, But No Elephants has many pictures that cover its colorful pictures. The book cover is actually a picture that appears later on in the book. This allows the reader to use context clues to tell what may be coming in the story. The end pages are just a plain orange but it matches the cover. Each picture depicts exactly what the text is stating. It is easy for the reader to follow along and still be able to enjoy the pictures after they have read the text.

  • george
    2018-10-23 14:05

    Grandma Tildy lives all by herself and works very hard. One day a pet salesman comes to her door with a truckload of animals and asks if she would like a bird--Grandma Tildy says yes, but "No elephants." The bird helps her and the pet man returns again and again offering different animals. She always says yes, but "No elephants." The animals work with her and make her life a little happier and easier. Until one day the pet man just leaves the elephant at her house. Now what is Grandma Tildy to do when the elephant crashes through the floor and eats all her food?I remember loving this book as a child. I'm not entirely sure what the appeal was, but there was something. It's fun to read with a child who can quickly join in on the "But no elephants" line. Fun childhood memories.