Elephant in the Dark: Based on a poem by Rumi

, retel. illus. by Eugene Yelchin. 40p. ebook available. Scholastic. Aug. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780545636704. LC 2013049691.
K-2—A merchant has brought a strange creature from India to a Persian village, and the locals are curious. The merchant puts off his neighbors because it is too dark in the barn and he wants to sleep. The villagers sneak in one at a time to figure out what is inside. Each one feels a different part of the animal, coming to a different conclusion about its identity. They are so busy squabbling among themselves that they miss seeing the elephant the next morning as the merchant leads it to the river. The villagers never see the wonder of the elephant because "they each knew only a small piece of the truth." This picture book is based on a poem by Rumi. Yelchin's illustrations are bright and colorful and filled with expressive faces. They take the story to an imaginative level. The story is told simply but with a meaningful impact.
VERDICT Young readers and teachers who enjoy folktales with an entertaining moral will appreciate this story's message.

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