Vote for Once Upon an Elephant

We are honored to have Once Upon an Elephant chosen as a finalist in this year's Children's Choice Awards sponsored by the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader. Here, get to know the book, its creators, preview our incredible ebook, and download our teaching activities guide. We hope you fall in love with Once Upon an Elephant and don't forget to vote!

What People are Saying

"Once Upon an Elephant, by Linda Stanek is a wonderful picture book that instills the love and respect for each individual organism as part of an ecosystem. Shennen Bersani’s illustrations are colorful sketches of the life of the elephant. Poaching and habitat loss threaten its very existence. Disappearance of the elephant would be detrimental to the entire African savanna."
-NSTA Recommends, May 2016

"Once Upon an Elephant is another fabulous book by Linda Stanek with illustrations by Shennen Bersani. I love to see books that teach kids accurate information about animals, especially species in Africa, who many will never have the chance to see. I would highly recommend it to any family with kids, not only as a fun story with great illustrations, but also as a learning tool. I’m excited to have it on my shelf to share with generations to come. Great job Linda!"
-Suzi Rapp, Columbus Zoo

"By using a child-oriented language the story tells the important role elephants play in their environment. It shows that their existence is crucial for other species to survive, both plants and animals. It describes in simple sentences what elephants do and the effects they have on their environment and on other animals who share the same habitat. All facts reflect accurately the interrelations between elephants and their environment. We appreciate the realistic and beautiful illustrations of animals and the African scenery."
-Patricia Sims, World Elephant Day Co-Founder, May 2016


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