The Memory of an Elephant (Hardcover)

An Unforgettable Journey

By Sophie Strady, Jean-Francois Martin (Illustrator)

Chronicle Books, 9781452129037, 38pp.

Publication Date: September 9, 2014

List Price: 18.99*
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Memory and meaning are at the heart of this oversized, content-rich picture book celebrating the life of Marcel, a soulful elephant. From the towering buildings outside his window and his recollected world travels, to the friends, flora, and fauna that flourish around him, Marcel finds significance in his surroundings and, most importantly, in life's abundant details. Marcel is writing an encyclopedia, after all, and his entries are featured in full-page spreads packed with facts, elegantly situated alongside the story of his day and his life. Part story and part miscellany, this unforgettable book with dream-like illustrations will transfix both parents and children.

About the Author

Sophie Strady is an author living in Paris, France.

Jean-François Martin is an illustrator whose book Fables won the Bologna-Ragazzi Fiction Award. He lives in Paris, France.

Praise For The Memory of an Elephant: An Unforgettable Journey

"An eccentric and delightful cabinet of curiosities."--Publishers Weekly

Brainpickings' Best Children's Books and Picture-Books of 2014

"Younger children will enjoy the detailed pictures and older children will enjoy hunting for connected facts."--Library Media Connection

"This is no ordinary picture book."--Kirkus Reviews

"The narrative is delightfully interrupted by facts.... plenty to appeal to little fact-collectors as well as those who never tire of Richard Scarry."--The Boston Globe

"Perfect for browsing, as readers will instantly get lost in Marcel's world of information."--School Library Journal

"Knowledge and memory combine to surreal and joyful effect."-The Wall Street Journal

"An illustrated book for all ages that has real staying power."--Boing Boing