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ERNEST and ELSTON (Ernest Series)

Author: Laura T Barnes

Illustrator: Carol A. Camburn

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Publisher: Barnesyard Books,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Elston, the Rooster, decides to make himself a donkey like Ernest, because all of the other barnyard animals complain about his early-morning crowing. When Elston takes that last step and stifles his cockle-doodle-doo, he learns how much the animals truly value him! This is an animal story with an easily absorbed lesson about being true to yourself.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, read aloud book, learning to read

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 9

Interest Level: 4 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading at 3½-year-old child.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He loved crowing just like Elston, and thought it was funny to watch Elston try to become a donkey.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a sweet story with great illustrations. The dialogue, when reading it aloud, can get tedious, but all in all, it's a nice read.

Pros: This is a positive story that you can come back to at different points, as its deeper meaning will show itself as a child gets older.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a story that will grow with your child. Toddlers will like the story and imitating animals; new readers will have plenty of repetition for practicing their skills.


Educational Themes: For younger readers, there is plenty of opportunity for object identification and introducing farm life. For older readers, it's a great jumping-off-point for talking about personal value and talents.

Notes: Mom's Choice Awards Winner 2005 (Seal of Approval)

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book series, animal characters, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: September 2005

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