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Children's Fiction Humorous Stories

Through the Elephant's Door Read-Along

by (author) Hélène De Blois

illustrated by France Cormier

read by Christian Down

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Feb 2019
Humorous Stories, Prejudice & Racism, Elephants
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    Publish Date
    Feb 2019
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


It's a rainy day so the boy and his elephant, Émile, decide the perfect way to pass their time is with a trip to the museum.

Their problems start before they even walk through the doors. First, what door does an elephant fit through? And second, why does the grumpy guard assume they are going to cause problems? It seems like as soon as they start to enjoy an exhibit, he's right there yelling at them not to touch anything. Like they would ever do that!

Then, in a flash everything changes and suddenly Émile and the boy find themselves in a very precarious situation. Will the guard be right about these two after all?

About the authors

Hélène De Blois' profile page

France Cormier dessine depuis toujours. À la maternelle, elle épuise ses crayons de cire et refuse de jouer à la poupée. Aujourd’hui, elle compte à son actif les illustrations de plus d’une quinzaine de titres jeunesse de maisons d’édition québécoises et canadiennes. France s’inspire de la nature et adore jouer avec la composition de formes et de couleurs.


France Cormier's profile page

Christian Down is a producer, musician and voice actor from Victoria, British Columbia.


Christian Down's profile page

Editorial Reviews

"The underlying, serious message is well-balanced by the humorous premise and continued humor in art and text…This quirky French-Canadian import stands out—rather like an elephant at an art museum."

Kirkus Reviews

“A story of acceptance and friendship, between a boy, his elephant, and their love for the museum.”

Montreal Review of Books

"In a simple, gentle way, the author describes what it is like to be misjudged based on one's appearance and misinformation."

Resource Links

“This quirky book humorously demonstrates the danger in judging others by their outward appearances.”

School Library Journal

“This short book has plenty of fun. Everything in the illustrations is just a little off-kilter, and much of the humor comes from the juxtaposition of the deadpan text with the slightly exaggerated art.”

The Horn Book Online

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