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category: Children's Fiction
published: Feb 2021
publisher: Orca Book Publishers

Elephants Do Not Belong in Trees

by Russ Willms

tagged: elephants, humorous stories, new experience

"Elephants do not belong in trees. It’s not natural. It makes other animals uncomfortable."

This is the story of Larry, an elephant who wanted to live in a tree. This is a story about being the new kid and being a little bit different (okay, A LOT different). A story about acceptance and making friends. When Larry decides he wants to live in the big bushy tree in the middle of the wide-open field, the current residents, Bird, Squirrel and Monkey, are not very welcoming. They throw nuts at him and peck at his head; they tell him to leave and are downright rude. But Larry persists—why can’t he live in the tree? When his new home is threatened by something much bigger than all the animals combined, Larry shows everyone that he cares just as much about the tree as they do.

About the Author

Russ Willms has always had a passion for art and fun. His work as an illustrator has been featured in hundreds of magazines, books and ad campaigns throughout the world. He is the author and illustrator of Quiet, Please!, Elephants Do Not Belong in Trees and Who Will Pull Santa's Sleight?. He is also the illustrator of the Mr. Christie Book Award Gold–winning and Governor General's Award finalist Brewster Rooster. Russ lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
3 to 5
p to k
Reading age:
3 to 5
  • Commended, BC Books for BC Schools
Editorial Reviews

“A giggle-inducing story about acceptance and turning the tables on expectations...Wry humor with a bouncy beat: a treat for storytimes.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Young children will enjoy the author’s use of onomatopoeia throughout the book and the text which uses a variety of bolded and highlighted words for emphasis…A delightful book to read to children or for some young readers to read alone.”

— CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Step into the theater of the absurd!…The illustrations are bright and engaging — who can not laugh at a purple elephant sitting in a tree?”

— Kiss the Book blog

“This quirky, humorous story will delight young children and invite discussion on acceptance.”

— School Library Journal

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