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Kiddi Caru’s Harlow day nursery is holding a week of activities to celebrate the much-loved children’s book about the fun-loving, colourful elephant Elmer.
The original Elmer book was published in 1968, establishing the main character’s cheerful and optimistic personality traits and now famous yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, green, black and white patchwork pattern. Consequent stories explored themes relating to diversity, with Elmer discovering that when he tries to change his appearance in order to 'blend in' with the other elephants, they no longer recognise him, or accept him as one of their own.
Throughout the week the children will be making Elmer masks and having an elephant parade around the garden. They will also be creating Elmer elephants with playdough, making Elmer paintings using handprints and reading animal themed stories. There will even be a special visit to the library bus to look for Elmer stories and books about elephants.
Vania Farinha, Nursery Manager, said: “Elmer is one of those characters that children have loved for generations. He has a wonderful personality and the stories really capture their imaginations. The theme of diversity is a powerful one; Elmer paints himself grey to blend in but when it begins to rain and the grey washes away to reveal his true colours he realises that his friends love him just the way he is. This is an incredibly positive message for children of all ages.”