My daughter and I love books, and we love reading. She is so lucky as has a fantastic collection of books and I am always on the look out for more books to share with her. So, as you can imagine, when I was asked if we would like to take a look at Ruby Rides an Elephant I said “yes please!”.
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Title: Ruby Rides An Elephant
Author: Ruby Lovell
Illustrator: Zara Merrick
Blurb: Ruby is on a fantastic holiday with her parents on the tropical island of Sri Lanka. What exciting adventures will her parents take her on? She certainly never expected to go on this ride. NO not in a car, NO not on a bus – but on an Elephant! Through forests, jungles and lakes. Ruby also makes a new best friend in Rani the Elephant.
Published: 4th Feburary 2018
Review: Ruby Rides an Elephant is a wonderful story about a little girl, Ruby, whose daddy is from Sri Lanka and whose mummy is English. As my daughter has parents from two different countries, in our case, an English mummy and a Danish daddy, she instantly felt a connection to Ruby. This was wonderful as we read the story for the first time she was pointing out so many similarities between herself and Ruby, such as what they both take on holiday in their backpacks.
The text is wonderful to read, and I love that certain works are in a different colour, really making them stand out, such as the colours of the saris, the noises the animals make and the descriptions of Rani the elephant. There is even a song, which my daughter calls the Tuk Tuk song, which she loves to have me read.
Ruby Rides an Elephant is a fantastic book to introduce the idea of cultural differences and to get young children talking about differences and similarities – and above all learning empathy and an appreciation for other cultures. It follows a special little girl on a big adventure and it shows children that differences are to be celebrated and that we have so much to learn about other people. Another book which we have read which also helped to encourage these discussions is The Alphabet with Bella, you can see my review of that here.
I love that the main character in this story is an enthusiastic girl. It’s great for my daughter to read a book where there is a lively little girl at the centre, one who gets to share a very special adventure with her daddy. I honestly cannot rate this book highly enough. I just hope that there are going to be more adventures my daughter can share with Ruby!
Ruby Rides an Elephant has become a bedtime favourite in our house, and if you like the sound of it too, it’s available on Amazon* and other bookshops too.
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We were sent a copy of Ruby Rides an Elephant for the purpose of this review, however all opinions and words are my own.