The Shelf Elf: Book Review

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Title: The Shelf Elf

Author: Jackie Mims Hopkins
Illustrator: Rebecca Thornburgh
Publishing: Upstart Books, 2014
Ages: 4 and up
Theme: Library, Fantasy

Opening Lines: By the candlelight, the shoemaker and his wife watched the two little elves dance merrily out of sight. The end.

Brief Summary: This sweet book is all about learning library manners. Skoob, the elf, has finished his work with the shoemaker and his wife and now has a new job in the library.  His dream is to win the Golden Shelf Elf Award.

Why I Like This Book: Mostly I like this book because of the drawings. I think Rebecca is VERY talented. But I also like the way Jackie Mims Hopkins turned a potentially dull subject into a magical adventure. It’s the perfect way to remind young kids the importance of treating books with care and respect.

 

Resources:

1.   Scholastic Lesson Plan and Shelf Elf bookmark HERE.

2.   You can see the whole book in this video!

3.   Upstart Books has a short lesson plan for teaching excellent library rules. Click on the image below to grab the pdf file.

 

6 thoughts on “The Shelf Elf: Book Review

  1. What an adorable book. I was thinking of forwarding to our librarian then thought again…every classroom has a library nook. We can all use this! Love your new header. It's just beautiful!!! Think I looked at it for a full five minutes before I moved on. There is so much in it and the little panda at the side perfect.
    Happy Friday
    Julie 🙂
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

  2. Thank you, Barb, for such a lovely review of The Shelf Elf! I was thrilled to see it, and I do hope your students enjoy the book. (One fun thing to tell them is that a lot of the book titles feature the names of my daughters and their friends — and of course, there are a LOT of silly little details to look for in the pictures.) And I recommend checking out the companion book "The Shelf Elf Helps Out" — which describes the Dewey Decimal system and explains how books are shelved together in "neighborhoods." Another fun Skoob book! Thanks again from your friend Rebecca the illustrator!

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