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7167855_origThe zookeeper makes a difficult announcement…the zoo would be closing.  To the animals, this was their home.  What would happen to them?

They wondered if there was something that would keep the zoo open.  What could each one do to “spruce it up a bit?”  Every animal had some ability that they used to clean up the zoo…that is, all but Ellie, the elephant.  But one day, the zookeeper left a paint brush out with orange paint still in the bristles.  Ellie tried using it.  She found that she could paint…flowers, rainbows, animals, people.  And she painted everywhere.  All around the zoo!  Everywhere!

Word got out that Ellie, the elephant, was very creative.  People from the city came to see what Ellie had done and what she could do.  Reporters showed up to get the word out.  Then, people from around the world visited the zoo to watch Ellie painting.  They visited her gallery.  They saw the clean and colorful zoo.  The animals home was saved and more beautiful than ever.

This is a delightful story.  It has a happy ending.  The art is gracefully done and peaceful to look upon.  “Ellie” reminds us that each one of us has something special to give to the world.  Sometimes, it takes a bit of seeking to find that talent, that ability, that specialty.  Ellie found hers after much dismay, but she becomes an happy elephant and the reader becomes happier once the tale is told.

Reading Level:  ages 3-5

This is Mike Wu’s first book, but he is an animator at Pixar.  He has worked on The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, and Toy Story 3, among other movies.  He has a BFA in Character Animation from the California Institute of the Arts.  Mike lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his family.  You can find him online at

Original review I did was on 7-5-2015
See the trailer from Disney Hyperion:


I am a quiet woman growing each day in the LORD. Christ is my home. He is the well from which I drink. I became His 25 years ago. I am 73 so that is actually a small percentage of my life through which I could have walked closely with Him. No matter, He never stopped waiting for me. I am now a widow from a Christ-centered marriage of 25 years to Kenneth. I praise God for him. I miss him so. We had no children. I feel God’s call to be His light in this dark world. I am grateful for the love God gives to me so I may give it away. I live in Lufkin, Texas, USA (in Deep East Texas/Pineywoods). I have taught Women’s Sunday School/Bible Study, co-administrated/taught a teen girls’ annual conference. I participate in women’s Bible studies in church as well as on my own. I am a retired elementary school teacher, having taught in California, Washington, D.C., and have taught older children and adults in Oregon and Texas. I also retired from being a children’s librarian in the public library system, a job I thoroughly loved. I tutored primary-aged children who are falling behind in those early years of school until we moved in May 2017.

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