When Olive’s dad drags himself to work in the morning, the elephant goes with him. When he comes home again, so does the elephant. It’s always there, heavy and silent, casting a shadow of sadness over him. Olive knows it has been like this since her mother passed away when she was a year old, and she can’t stand to see her father burdened anymore. With help from her grandfather and her best friend Arthur, she hatches a plan to rid her family of the elephant once and for all.
Before long, she’ll learn that while happiness isn’t that simple, small things can move mountains ― or elephants. Award-winning author-illustrator Peter Carnavas portrays a child’s response to her father’s depression with naïve wisdom. In defiance of the looming grey presence, The Elephant is an intergenerational story of resilience, family, and hope.
"One day, Olive, ignoring Grandad’s directive to put on her helmet, falls from a tree and receives a concussion. When she awakens, she sees a gray tortoise following Grandad around and blames herself. Olive confides in understanding friend Arthur. Together they devise a plan to get rid of the tortoise, and when that succeeds, Olive determines — with Grandad’s help — to make the elephant leave too. Carnavas takes the tough topic of caregiver depression and gives it a delicate, graceful touch.... A delicate, lovely story about caregiver depression that will validate and empower readers." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||6 - 9|