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Elephant in the Dark : Based on a Poem by Rumi
by Mina Javaherbin and Eugene Yelchin


Overview - When the villagers hear of a huge and mysterious creature that has come all the way from India, they steal into the dark barn to find out what it is.
"It's like a snake " says one.
"It's like a tree trunk," says another.
"No, it's like a fan " argues the third.
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Overview
When the villagers hear of a huge and mysterious creature that has come all the way from India, they steal into the dark barn to find out what it is.
"It's like a snake " says one.
"It's like a tree trunk," says another.
"No, it's like a fan " argues the third.
Who is right? Which of them knows the creature's true shape?
Mina Javaherbin's charming and witty retelling combined with Eugene Yelchin's refreshingly brilliant illustrations bring this enlightened classic, inspired by Rumi's poem, vividly to life.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545636704
  • ISBN-10: 0545636701
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: August 2015
  • Page Count: 40
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 11 x 9.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-06-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

Inspired by a Rumi poem based on the parable of “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” Javaherbin offers a lively take on a classic story about the folly of a limited perspective. When a merchant named Ahmad brings a “mysterious creature” (an elephant) home and stores the animal in his barn, the villagers sneak in and attempt to identify it. One man, after touching the elephant’s legs, declares that the animal is “round and tall, like a tree trunk!” Another, feeling its tail, reports that it is “skinny and hairy, like a paintbrush!” Taking cues from Persian miniatures, Yelchin creates a rowdy, bickering cast of villagers in turbans and vividly patterned garments, successfully playing up the story’s comedic clashes. Ages 4–8. Author’s agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Aug.)

 
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