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Richard Thompson
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Toronto, Annick Press, 1993.24pp, cloth, ISBN 1-55037-286-6 (library binding) $14.95, ISBN 1-55037-287-4 (paper) $4.95
Distributed by Firefly Books. CIP

Pre-school to Grade 2/Ages 3 to 7

Reviewed by Norma Charles .

Volume 21 Number 4
1993 September

Here is another travelling story with Jesse and her parents. This time they are travelling by bicycle, with Jesse riding in her trailer with her toy elephant named Eleven. As they travel, Eleven becomes restless, so Jesse soothes him with kind words and snacks. With all the snacking, Eleven begins to grow and grow until he can no longer fit into Jesse's trailer.

In a very few simple words, Richard Thompson has managed to convey a feeling of travelling from a young child's perspec­tive, a child who, while enjoying the adventurous experience of travelling, spends a lot of the time being a little bit frightened and wondering, "Are we there yet?"

Eugenie Fernandes' wonderfully whimsi­cal illustrations with varying points of view are a perfect complement for this gentle story.

Recommended for purchase.

Norma Charles is a teacher-librarian with Henderson Annex Elementary School in Vancouver, British Columbia.
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