Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Have You Found Your Other Half?

With Valentine's Day two weeks away, folks are either asking themselves what to give their loved ones this year, or when they'll ever find their other half. I'll leave it up to you to decide which question is more prominent on my mind this year!

For those of you who are lucky enough to have someone to share your days (and nights) with, you'll understand the fright - followed by relief - felt by the main character in Gusti's Half of an Elephant. When the world suddenly splits in two and elephant finds half of himself missing, he searches the world over to find a replacement - with no luck.

From Mexico

Half of an Elephant
by Gusti

When the world suddenly returns to normal and his missing half is found, both halves recognize that while they could manage on their own, being part of a whole has its benefits (and they undoubtedly learn not to take one another for granted).

Readers will enjoy the off-the-wall art that Gusti created with his own "found" objects. Come V-Day I'll be reading this one, along with other picture books, with my other half (my son, who knows all too well what the world is like when something - or someone - goes missing).

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