The Elephant's Cold


24 pages
Contains Illustrations
ISBN 0-920053-47-5





Reviewed by Sheila Martindale

Sheila Martindale is poetry editor of Canadian Author and Bookman and
author of No Greater Love, her sixth collection of poetry.


Both these books for 3- to 8-year-olds were first published in 1981 and are now re-issued in beautiful editions.

In The Elephant’s New Bicycle, Douglas learns that sharing his toys is much more fun than playing on his own; and in The Elephant’s Cold he discovers that staying in bed with a cold is better than taking it out to play.

The text in both books is clear and interesting, and the illustrations, also done by the author, are charming. For those who love animal personas (and which child does not?), these two would be a good choice.


Thurman, Mark, “The Elephant's Cold,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 12, 2024,