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  • Published: New York : A.A. Levine Books, 2005.
  • Year Published: 2005
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 520

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 043962794X :
  • 0439627958 (alk. paper)

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Ella takes the cake

by D'Amico, Carmela.

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Where To Find It

Call number: E DAM

Westgate call number: Kids Book / Picture Books / Food / D'Amico, Carmela

Available Copies: Downtown Youth PicBks, Westgate Kids Books

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Ella the elephant wants to help in her mother's bakery, but will the job she takes on prove to be more than she can handle?

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Ella Takes The Cake

This was a nice book. There weren't too many words on each page. My preschooler loved it.

Cute story, nice pictures

This book did well to show how ambition and motivation can help to gain trust from those who think you incapable. A good, morals/values book for kids.

Nice story

Ella lives with her mom in Little Village, and likes to help out at her mom's bakery. She wants to help with more important tasks than just clean the floor. Whichever tasks she thinks to help, her mom tells her 'No, no, no' 'You might burn yourself' 'The pie knife's very sharp' as Ella is too young for it. Finally she finds herself useful when she offers to help deliver a special cake that the delivery man Mr Banjo forgot to take with him. On the way she meets other elephants and ends up doing chores for them. The reward for all her work is something beyond her expectation. Although the book is a bit long at 48 pages for a preschooler, the story goes in a good pace to keep them interested. It is good book for kindergarten to 1st grade as there are opportunities to discuss the plot and characters. For instance, Belinda is an interesting character. She hitches a ride in Ella's wagon even though there is no room, offers to take Mr Sneed's books to the library but gets off on the way and leaves Ella to do the task alone by saying 'what would you have done without me". I found this a bit too close to reality of people ditching you after taking your help. I was worried how my children would react to it but they were fine as the story focuses on Ella as helpful person rather than being saddened by the situation. She doesn't give up no matter what. I felt that was a good way to approach unexpected situations. This is the first Ella book we have read. All the characters are elephants with very short trunk. The illustrations are colorful and sometimes full page. My children and I liked the story very much. We plan to check out others in this series starting with Ella the Elegant Elephant.

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