This description may be from another edition of this product. For use in schools and libraries only. Join Ernst, the inquisitive little crocodile, as he ponders "What if...'" and dreams up wonderful possibilities.
This book is a treasure, full of childlike observations ("What if sand were fudgy instead of sandy?"), exquisitely detailed art and birthday joy! I was glad to see that the character, ERNST, is also found in another Kleven book, THE PUDDLE PAIL.
Elisa Kleven's Ernst
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 20 years ago
Ernst is the story of a young crocodile who lives with his mom and dad and grandma in a comfortable home where daydreaming is an artform. Ernst starts many of his sentences with "What if..." and Kleven has captured, in both words and images, the passing fancies of many a four or five year old. Her illustrations are small in scale but envelop the reader with a sense that the intricacies of the universe are worth paying attention to. Ernst is endearing and Kleven's fans know him also as the protagonist of the later-published The Puddle Pail. As a second grade teacher doing a class author study of Elisa Kleven's works, I have delighted in watching my students delight in Ernst! We all need permission at times to nurture the dreamer within ourselves and Ernst does that and more; Ernst is a celebration of the small and the grand, in daily life and in our dreams.
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