Title: ELEPHANT HIPS ARE EXPENSIVE ;Review Rating: 8 out of 10. M. Ennis
Author/Responsible party: Marilyn A. Hudson ; illus. Haley Fulco Publisher: Hudson House Publications, 5658 NW Pioneer Circle, Norman, OK 73072
Date: Release date April 2007 ISBN: 978-0-9778850-2-2 Cost: $8.00 srp
Description: 64 pages, paperback, center staple; an early chapter book
Available: Whorlbooks
A charming story drawn from true events. A group of children join with others across the state in raising money to replace the elephant in the Lincoln Park Zoo in Oklahoma City. They face bullies and overcome obstacles to do their part. It is an inspiring story and the delightful black and white illustrations add a winsome quality kids will love. It is inspired by real efforts of Oklahoma children to raise money to buy what would ultimately be, Judy the Elephant. Perfect for children 1st through 3rd grade and enjoyable by all ages.
Additional review information from the FALL 2007 issue of The Territorial Tattler (used by permission):
Elephant Hips are Expensive
By Marilyn A. Hudson c. 2007 Illustrated by Haley Fulco
Published by Hudson House Publications,
5658 NW Pioneer Circle, Norman OK 73072 email whorlbooks@yahoo.com
Review by Rosemary Czarski, Territory Tattler (review Issue) FALL 2007

“Even the smallest things can realize the biggest dreams” is printed in small letters at the top of the cover of this book. This sentence gives one a clue to the wonderful story inside. Marilyn has taken an Oklahoman story and brought it to life for children in this book. She has told the story of the purchase of Judy the elephant for the Oklahoma City Zoo in 1949 in clear readable text. In the author’s note, she has given the background of how the children of Oklahoma gathered their pennies and dimes to bring a new elephant to the Zoo. Marilyn has given sources for further reading, included language arts, mathematics, social studies activities and fun songs and art activities for most ages through sixth grade. This is a wonderful addition to materials for children on Oklahoma during this centennial year. Teachers will find it an excellent book to read aloud for older elementary age children and a good starting or concluding to a unit on zoos, wildlife protection, Oklahoma, and other curriculum subjects. Storytellers, once they have gotten the author’s permission, will find it a wonderful Oklahoma story to tell all ages. The older adult audiences will be able to “remember when” and the younger adult audiences will find it a wonderful story of the Oklahoma spirit. I recommend this book to all schoolteachers and people looking for easily read stories about Oklahoma.

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