One day, Humperdink, a baby elephant, joins the children in the playgroup. As you can imagine, this takes a bit of adjusting, for everyone! The book follows the children, and Humperdink, through their day, as they each choose their favourite things to do; dressing up, hide-and-seek, playing on the slide. A child-sized playgroup poses difficulties for Humpredink – will they ever find a game that children and elephants can play together?
Large themes of difference and inclusion, problem-solving and socialisation are all presented from a child’s eye view. The only novelty is Humperdink the baby elephant – and what a novelty Humperdink is! Sean Taylor and Claire Alexander are both experienced and award-winning picturebook creators, and they make this challenging task look easy. The direct, almost sparse text is paired with gentle child-like illustrations, and the whole is set squarely within the everyday world of the child. This combination results in a picturebook that helps explain aspects of the world around children in an entertaining, humorous and accessible way. The book is well suited to sharing with groups of children in an early years education setting, or with individual children at home.
Suitable for children aged 2-4 years.