Project Description


I’ve Got an Elephant

by Anne Ginkel
illustrated by Janie Bynum

Owning an elephant is terrific, but what happens when he gets lonely and invites a friend over?

Every time a busy little girl goes out―to school or to the movies or to the mall―her elephant friend gets lonely. He invites more elephants over, and they all join the girl in fun activities, from swimming in the local pool to dancing in her ballet class! As the number of elephants increases, so do their antics. Finally, the resourceful heroine finds her companions a new home where she can visit them…and make a few new friends too.

Young readers will be highly amused by the exuberant characters and mounting silliness in author Anne Ginkel’s unique counting tale. Janie Bynum’s brightly colored illustrations and affectionately drawn, expressive characters capture the story’s good-natured fun.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-373-3
Publication Date: 9/1/2006
Page Count: 32
Size: 9 ̎ x 10-3/4 ̎
Age Range 4 – 8
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-685-7
Publication Date: 2/1/2013
Page Count: 32
Size: 9 ̎ x 10-3/4 ̎
Age Range 4 – 8
Language: English
AR Level: 3.5
F&P: K, Gr 2, Genre F
Themes: Counting, Friendship, Animals, Zoos
BISAC 1: JUV009030 JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Counting & Numbers
BISAC 2: JUV009030 JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse
BISAC 3: JUV009030 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories


“An entertaining addition to collections of counting tales.”School Library Journal

“Crisp, rhyming text and warm, appealing illustrations will make this counting book a favorite with the very young.”Kirkus Reviews

“The rhyming verses bounce along in a readable, repeatable, predictable (in the best educational sense) fashion, inviting participation in the places where children can guess what words are coming next. Matching the buoyant, gently humorous tone of the text are the sunny illustrations.… Fun for reading aloud.” ―Booklist

“Debuting author (and former children’s bookstore owner) Ginkel keeps her rhymes simple and catchy, while Bynum (Altoona Baboona) uses chipper watercolors to dress up the pachyderms in silly outfits (including Superman pajamas and tutus) and place them in unlikely situations (sledding, going to scary movies). Preschoolers will likely enjoy the accumulation of affectionate elephants, the improbability of their behavior and the self-assurance of the plucky narrator.” ―Publishers Weekly

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“Children will be hard pressed not to laugh out loud when they see how more and more elephants are added to the story…With expressive watercolor illustrations throughout, this is a perfect book to share with a child.” ―Through the Looking Glass

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Meet the Author

Anne Ginkel is a former teacher in the United States and England. She holds degrees from St. Joseph’s College, the University of Warwick in England, and Southern College of Technology. For many years, she owned Hobbit Hall Children’s Bookstore. She is the author of I’ve Got an Elephant. She lives in Georgia.

Meet the Illustrator

Janie Bynum is the author-illustrator of many books for children, including Nutmeg and Barley: A Budding Friendship and Altoona Up North. She has also illustrated several books by other authors, including I’ve Got an Elephant. A graduate of the University of North Texas, she lives in Texas. You can visit her website here.