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Review of ‘Elphie Goes Trick or Treating’

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Elphie is easily frightened, so much so, in fact, that he’s afraid of his own Halloween costume. His friend Fante is brave, and sometimes a bit brash. When Elphie decides to go trick or treating as himself, his kind manner gets him more candy than Fante, but being kind, Elphie shares, and in the end, both win.

Elphie Goes Trick or Treating by mother-daughter team Hagit R. Oran and Or Oran is a cute little story with nice illustrations that demonstrate the importance of friendship and overcoming your fears. This is a nice book to read to pre-readers who are just at that age when they’re starting to vocalize their fears. This book can be helpful in the discussion with them on how to face and overcome those fears.

I received an advanced reader copy of this book. I give this one four stars.

Review of ‘Bravo and Elphie’

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Elphie’s afraid of just about everything; he won’t go on the slide or play on the monkey bars until his mom gets him a new pet, the rat, Bravo. At first, Elphie doesn’t like Bravo, because he doesn’t know him, but mom suggests he take him to the park where they can become acquainted. At the park, Elphie learns not only to get along with Bravo, but to take care of him, and his fears disappear.

Bravo and Elphie by mother-daughter team Hagit and Or Oran is a cute little story for young readers or for those being read to that teaches children not to be afraid of things they’ve never seen, and to learn to explore the world around them. The illustrations are nice and will appeal to everyone.

This is a great book for the parent or grandparent of a timid child, to help pull them out of their shells of shyness. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review. I give it four stars.