An ingenious take on the traditional children’s books depicting animals as students, If an Elephant Went to School shows what, exactly, baby animals need to learn.
“If an ELEPHANT went to school, what would she learn?
An elephant would learn to use her trunk as….
A NOSE, A STRAW, A HAND, and A HOSE!”
Fischer then follows up with other animals, including a bee, an eel, a zebra and a platypus. The first part of each two-page spread shows the animal in a school setting, learning what young students traditionally learn, and the opposing page shows what they would learn in the wild. Finally, the book returns to the reader, asking what THEY would learn in school. Wood’s illustrations are soft and warmly coloured, giving the book a gentle feel, while remaining true to the humorous text. With only a sentence or two on each page, this book is guaranteed to please those in kindergarten and grade one, as they build their own ideas of what they will learn in school.