Don't Think About Purple Elephants (Hardcover)

By Gwynneth Jones (Illustrator), Susanne Merritt

EK Books, 9781921966699, 32pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2015

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/1/2017)

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

Sometimes Sophie worries -- not during the day when she is busy with family and friends, but at night when everything is calm and quiet. Her family all try to help, but somehow they just make her worries worse.

Until her mother thinks of a new approach ... that might just involve an elephant or two! But wait, don't think about purple elephants, whatever you do! Whimsical and humorous, this little girl's story of finding a way to ease her worry will resonate with children and parents everywhere.



About the Author

Gwynneth Jones drew all through her maths book at school, so left to study art at the institution of Technical and Further Education in Australia. She then majored in Plant and Wildlife Illustration at the University of Newcastle. Since then, Gwynneth has been imagining and drawing madly, exhibiting and holding market stalls, and creating picture books.

Susan Whelan (now published as Susanne Merritt) is a writer, editor, mother of three and passionate advocate for children’s literacy. She’s also the Managing Editor of the highly respected children’s literature website Kids’ Book Review. She loves tea and chocolate, dislikes Brussels sprouts, and loves to read anywhere, anytime.



Praise For Don't Think About Purple Elephants

"This is an enjoyable picture book to read together for children up to 8 or 9 years old, regardless of whether or not the child worries - but it would be a particularly good book to read with a child who is suffering from anxiety, it might just do the trick.”
- Booksellers NZ

"Sophie is a little girl who worries, especially at night, so her mum comes up with a unique, whimsical solution involving little purple elephants." - Kiss the Book



"Gwynneth Jones whimsical illustrations complement Susan's caring subtle message." - Creative Kids Tales



"Anxiety and worries are two things that plague children on a regular basis. My own kids seem to develop new worries every day. This charming book is about a girl that has trouble sleeping because of her worries. Finally, her mother tells her to NOT think about purple elephants, which of course, makes her think of them. Because her head is so full of purple elephants, she doesn't worry about anything and is able to fall asleep. I read this to my kids and they both loved it.

The illustrations use both black and white and color strategically to create mood and depict the girl's worries. The writing is simple and easy to understand. My kids really liked the part where the purple elephants come out to play. They also liked the ending when the girl decides to take charge of her fears and come up with her own things to not think about. - BatchofBooks.com