Errol and His Extraordinary Nose
written by David Conway; illustrated by Roberta Angaramo
(Holiday House) 2010
Source: Mebane Public Library
Errol the Elephant is feeling a little stressed. There is going to be a talent show at his school to raise money and Errol has decided that he does not have any talent. His classmates at Acacia Tree School are not exactly helpful by thinking him clumsy and awkward. Errol tries juggling, playing a musical instrument, and even dancing. None of these attempts are even close to successful, so at the end of the day Errol is in tears. Fortunately, Errol has a loving dad who encourages him and gives him a book about elephants that shows him that he indeed has many special talents. When the day of the contest arrives, Errol is ready to show that he is special in his own way.
I really like the lesson contained in Errol and His Extraordinary Nose. As teachers, we want all of our students to feel good about themselves. One of our jobs is to help each student discover their own talents and realize that they are indeed special. I like that Errol gives a great effort even though he doesn't experience much success in the beginning. My students enjoyed reading this book and afterward we placed events from the story into beginning, middle, and end categories on the SmartBoard and worked on being able to retell a story. This book would also be a good text for demonstrating how characters can change over the course of a book.
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