NC Literary Hall of Fame



If an Elephant Went to School by Ellen Fischer

Mighty Media Press
$14.95, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-938063-61-9
August, 2015
Children's: Picture Book
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"If a child reads Ellen Fischer's new book, If an Elephant Went to School, what will he learn? That child will learn lots of unusual and interesting things about animal behaviors. What a fun book to find at a zoo—or anywhere."
—Rod Hansen, Gift Shop Manager at the St. Louis Zoo

"If an Elephant went to School by Ellen Fischer and illustrated by Laura Wood is a thoughtful story about animals and how they conduct themselves in school. With beautiful and vibrant illustrations Fischer weaves a cute story about how animals would behave if they went to school. Animals wouldn't react the way humans would because they are unable to, so instead of writing, counting, and reading they would learn to do things that are important in their lives. This awesomely written book grasps your attention from the very first page. It offers children the opportunity to really think about the animals mentioned and their characteristics. Children will have to be metacognitive throughout the whole reading of this book, constantly questioning and thinking about classroom and animal behaviors, and predicting what will come next in the story."
—Laticia Overton, NY Early Childhood Examiner (Rating: Five Stars)

"Factual and funny, it's a recipe for reading again and again."
Foreword Reviews

Would an elephant learn the ABC's if she went to school? No Way! She would learn to use her trunk as a nose, a straw, a hand and a hose! Through a series of humorous questions and answers, readers will learn about classroom learning and animal behaviors.

Ellen Fischer grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but has been a North Carolina Tar Heel for over thirty years. Professionally, she has always wanted to work with children, so she became a teacher and children's author. She has taught elementary age children for over twenty years. She lives in Greensboro and is the mother of three.

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