Elephant Hips are Expensive! (2014 rev. ed.)
Another review.... Reviewed by: Ann Brown Rating: 8 out of 10 Comments:
Publisher: WHORL BOOKS
ISBN: : 0692300465 ;ISBN-13: 978-0692300466
Cost: $ 12.50 PRINT
Description: 60  p.
Available from: Amazon.com
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 5rd grade and enjoyable by all ages.
Molly Lemmons can remember being one of "Judy's Kids", those intrepid youngsters who raised money, and her black and white whimsical drawings reflect the times and the characters. 

Molly Lemmons, Illus.

Available from Amazon in both print and Kindle versions.  Keep up with activities, book signings etc. on their Facebook page or this website (http://elephanthipsareexpensive.blogspot.com/).

Additional review information from the FALL 2007 issue of The Territorial Tattler (used by permission):
Elephant Hips are Expensive.  This review refers to the original version. By Marilyn A. Hudson ; Review by Rosemary Czarski, Territory Tattler (review Issue) FALL 2007

“...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. ...
. 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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