Elmer - Books - Living Paintings

Living Paintings


Written by David McKee

Suitable for: 0-5 years, 5-7 years (Key stage 1)

Sponsored by: Belvedere Trust

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

Join Elmer, the multi-colour patchwork elephant, on his very first adventure. A firm favourite with children of all ages, Elmer is an elephant who loves to play practical jokes. Elmer the patchwork elephant is ashamed of being different from the other elephants. One day he disguises himself to blend in with the herd but he’s soon found out and they all decide to celebrate his uniqueness. Read by Sue Pollard

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Find his head on the right. Feel over his face, his eye and down his very long nose This is his trunk which is very useful, especially for squirting water at all his friends! Trace back up to his eye and move to the left to feel Elmer's huge ear. Elmer is an African Elephant which have very large ears, whereas Asian elephants have much smaller ones, but still much bigger than yours and mine!
Trace left across Elmer's body. Can you feel the patchwork squares of Elmer's skin?

What's inside

  • A picture book with braille pages and raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Elmer The Multi-Coloured Elephant
Elmer and a rain cloud
Four patterned elephants

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