Elphie Meets the End of The World
by Hagit R. Oron and Or Oron Misgav
Children’s / Picture Book
Every adult I know is on edge in these “uncertain times.” It stands to reason that many young ones are uneasy as well. Social stories are a terrific way to help kids sort through their feelings and worries. Elphie Meets the End of The World is the story of young Elphie. While plying at a friend’s house, an older child announces that the television has said the end of the world is coming. Elphie, now very worried, runs home to tell his parents. They help Elphie through his fears.
The most important take way from this book is the surety that no matter how much we might shelter our kids, they are aware of what is going on out there in the world and they do talk bout it. Unfortunately, they don’t have the experience to filter what they hear. In this book I love that his parents validated his fears without adding to them. They offered him ways that he could use on his own to cope, such as reminding him of a similar situation that turned out okay. Finally, they gave him the distraction of a fun party which allowed him to come way from the worry and even share his newfound confidence with a friend.
The art is cute, but not cutesy and fits best, in my opinion, to an instruction environment rather than a for fun read. This book is suggested for up to grade 5. I think that might be ambitious. The text is to the point, yet still simplistic. It will for sure appeal to younger kids though.
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
THE END OF THE WORLD IS COMING. TODAY. THEY SAID SO ON TV!… Elphie Meets the End of The World by Hagit R. Oron @ElphieAdventureTweet
The end of the world is coming. Today. They said so on TV!
When Elphie overhears an older boy talking about the end of the world, he runs home to find a better place to hide. Luckily, Mom and Dad are there and the three of them manage to deal with the dreadful news.
Elphie books is a series of funny and sweet stories featuring a timid young elephant named Elphie. Each story is a different exciting adventure inspired by the daily life of young children. The books address kids and adult alike, and can be read without a specific order.
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Hagit R. Oron, an award-winning author, became an avid reader the minute she learned to read.
During her teens, she worked as a librarian in a public library just to be close to books, where she soon found out that she has book-matchmaking skills, that is connecting the right book to the right reader.
Surrounded by all those great titles inspired her to start writing. She daydreamed her first stories while commuting to the library.
Everything changed when she discovered computer programming and realized that she’s an excellent coder. So, for many years, she wrote tens of thousands of code lines. Most of them began with an if.
But fiction was bubbling inside her and after two decades of coding, it suddenly erupted in the form of picture books. She had to give in.
Now she devotes her days to writing adorable stories for kids. She utilizes her coding experience to bury little Easter eggs in her books, by telling parts of the story with illustrations and by hiding messages aimed at the adult reader inside the text.
It’s her book-matchmaking skills that make her stories appeal to a broad audience.