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Little elephant Little elephant What a long nose you have Sure its long So is my mommysLittle elephant Little elephant Tell me who you likeI like mommy I like her the most Michio MadoMy memory is vague but my mother used to read this poem to me when Iwas little I was too young to remember where it had come from When Isearched the bookshelf for other reading materials I noticed this bookIt was different a childrens book I skimmed over the poems until onepage with a poem title called The Little Elephant appeared Itbrought back memories of my time with my motherSince I cant readJapanese fluently I wanted to know who is the author Why is poetryimportant in childrens literature The Animals A thin hardcover book that is 10 inches long and 8 incheswide Its dust jacket uses light beige and milky white to suggest itssimplicity and beauty On the front of the jacket is an elegant whiteillustrated willow tree with leaves and hidden creatures that stands outfrom the beige background and with the books title in purple coloredAmerican Typewriter looking font while the rest of the language on thedust jacket is in Japanese The back of the jacket is designed withthree smaller versions of the same tree design as is on the frontWithout the jacket The Animals is a beige colored cloth hardcoverbook Its title and author are on the spine of the book In the middleof the front cover of the book is an impression of a tree design thatis identical to the ones on the dust cover When opening the book theendpapers are a rich purple The Animals is printed twice on twodifferent pages a simple cover page opener and the second page a morecomplex cover page The authors name is presumably under the maintitle and it was originally published in 1992 The table of contents is after there are three columns Poem names inJapanese are on the left column
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