Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ella the Pink Elephant ~ Her Life, Love and Fame by Doris Rueger ~ GIVEAWAY/REVIEW

About Book

In new children's book, beloved elephant learns how to grow older gracefully.

In Ella the Pink Elephant: Her Life, Love and Fame, Doris Rueger creates a children's book with a moral lesson as a former star elephant learns how to accept herself as she ages.

BELLPORT, N.Y. - In Ella the Pink Elephant: Her Life, Love and Fame, children's author Doris Rueger writes and illustrates a fantasy tale with a moral message. It follows the life of Ella the Elephant, a star-studded pachyderm that never lacked for attention.

As a child, Ella was the star animal of one of the world's largest zoos. Her keepers dressed her in pink silks and shawls, while friends and admirers flocked to her side. Yet as all creatures must do, Ella grew older. She grew tired of all the work it took to remain at the center of everyone's attention. After many years, Ella wanted to be taken to a retirement zoo where she could rest and enjoy her days in peace.

In this restful reserve, Ella was by herself. For the first time, she looked at herself in the mirror, without makeup or fancy clothes, and saw an aging elephant with grey skin and wrinkles. "Who am I?" she asked. "I am neither Ella, the beautiful elephant baby, nor am I Ella, the gorgeous elephant modeling expensive clothes and being the star at weddings. I am just plain me. No adornments. Will I still be loved?" Ella would have to find a new way to be happy. She looks in the mirror and realizes she was a beloved elephant, full of tender memories that she could enjoy for the rest of her life.

Through her storybook tale of talking zoo animals, Ms. Rueger weaves a tale that encourages children to love and accept themselves for who they are. A children's fantasy with fun characters and a moral ending, Ella the Pink Elephant is illustrated by the author in crayon and color pencil. Self-acceptance, knowing and loving one's true self and learning how to graciously live in the limelight are lessons parents would be happy to impart to their young ones.

ISBN: 978-1469937564
Publisher: CreateSpace
Date of publish: May 2012
Pages: 40

Where to buy: AmazonBarnes & Noble

About the author:

Born and raised in Germany, Doris Rueger attended college in the United States and graduated with a master's degree in literature and journalism. After a 30-year career in the scientific community, she now pursues her love of literature by writing and illustrating children's books. 

Ms. Rueger currently lives in Bellport, NY.


of one Picture Book/Softcover of ELLA THE PINK ELEPHANT
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My Thoughts

In a large zoo with many visitors two of the zoo's grown elephants are about to become parents.  The zookeepers and  visitors were so excited that there was soon to be a baby elephant born.

Finally the day arrives and the happy zookeepers and the proud parents present the baby girl elephant they named Ella.  In honor of the baby Ella she was given her own zookeeper, Zeppo.  Zeppo use to be a clown in a circus.  Zeppo had fun caring for Ella, he would dress her up in pink clothes and jewelry.  She loved all the attention and felt very pretty.  

Soon Ella grew too large to wear the pretty clothes.  Zeppo recommended that she go live and work for a friend of his that preformed weddings and that Ella could be a part of the weddings.  Ella thought this was a wonderful idea as long as she could still wear pink.  Now Ella enjoys carrying the groom on her back to meet their brides as part of the wedding ceremony.

When Ella started getting older and too tired to work she began to worry because she had so many wrinkles and was not very pretty.  What would she possibly do now?  Who will want Ella now that she was no longer pretty?  Would her friends still come to see her?

The author writes a lovely story about Ella the Pink Elephant and the exciting life she lived.  Doris tells us how much everyone loved Ella and looked forward to visiting her.  She teaches us that we are loved for who we are not what we look like. 

Children will love this story and want to share the story with their friends.  I highly recommend this book.

I rated this book a 5 out of 5.

I received a free copy of this book from the Bostick Communications/Author for review.  I was in no way compensated for this review.  It is my own opinion.

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