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*The Thingamabob* by Il Sung Na
Also illustrated by Il Sung Na:

Welcome Home, Bear: A Book of Animal Habitats

A Book of Babies

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit: A Book of Changing Seasons

A Book of Sleep [board book edition]

A Book of Sleep
The Thingamabob
by Il Sung Na
Grades PreK-1 24 pages Knopf March 2010 Hardcover    

When an elephant finds an object he cannot identify, he embarks on a journey to discover its purpose. Initially he brings the item to his friends for some guidance, but when they cannot provide any answers, he is left to rely on his own investigative skills.

He is not quite sure what to make of the item, but immediately notices it opens and closes. From there, he quickly learns it will not help him fly, it cannot be used as a boat, and it is neither the right size nor shape for him to hide behind. It is not until it starts to rain that he realizes just how useful the thingamabob can be.

The charming illustrations of the elephant and his search for answers about this thingamabob makes The Thingamabob an incredibly sweet story. It is also a great way to introduce little ones to the rain and to the reality that there actually are some ways to shield themselves and their friends from the rain.

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