Precious the Pink Elephant by Carolyn Ramsey-Williams

★★★★  When Precious the Elephant is born, the whole jungle gathers to greet her. To everyone’s surprise, Precious is bright pink, not an elephant’s usual dull gray color. Despite this difference, all the animals embrace Precious for who she is, and she can frequently be found playing games with her three close friends: Maddie the Rhino, Justin the Giraffe, and Jaylon the Monkey. But one day Precious comes home and her mother tells her that she is now bright red, rather than her customary pink! It might have something to do with the fact that she is angry about losing the game with her friends…

In Precious the Pink Elephant, Carolyn Ramsay-Williams tells the charming and emotionally educational story of an unusually hued mammal. After several days of playing with her friends—and coming home all manner of colors—Precious learns that her emotions have a way of influencing her life, and that by viewing the world around her differently, she won’t become so bothered by simple things, like losing a game to her friends. This is a great choice to read aloud to children, with its clear message and its great use of color. The only disappointing thing here is that there are no illustrations to accompany the text. It’s easy to imagine how striking a pink elephant would look against a background of uniformly green foliage. It would also help children visualize the characters and find more enjoyment in the material. Still, Precious the Pink Elephant is undeniably a cute, accessible story for young readers.