Ellie Makes a Friend is the latest installment of the Ellie series started in 2015. However, you do not have had to read the other books. Ellie Makes a Friend is a standalone gem.
Mike Wu continues the adventures of one artistic elephant named Ellie in a comfortable and sweet story about being envious and worrying about one’s own talent. Of course, in the end Ellie (and we the reader) learn all about friendship. Ping is a new animal in the zoo. And at first Ellie is excited to meet them, but soon sees that the other animals are gushing over Ping’s unique painting style. Ellie starts to worry that maybe her paintings are not as good. Ping tries to make friends with Ellie, but Ellie is convinced the zoo is only big enough for one artist. Or is it?
Wu compliments this story with delightful illustrations that need to be read as much as the text. They are expressive and show the very lovey and different styles of Ping and Ellie. And, of course, at the same time the see how if they combine their styles, they can make a special treat for everyone to see.
I was not family with Ellie and her zoo friends before finding the reader copy of this title. Due in April of this year, I cannot wait to recommend this book to our customers. Good for the classroom, or one-on-one reading every child will find something to enjoy. Best for ages 4 to 7, but even adults will love becoming friends with Ellie and Ping.