Reviewed by Darin Godby

Ella the Pink Elephant: Her Life, Love and Fame is a very delightful and entertaining children’s book. Author Doris Rueger takes the reader along on the journey with elephant Ella, from her birth till retirement. The zoo really cared about their animals and brought in Zeppo the Clown to take care of Ella when she was just a newborn elephant.

Zeppo quickly became Ella’s favorite playmate and he told her stories and showed pictures of clowns that he had worked with. Soon Zeppo started dressing up Ella in various outfits, and decided to purchase everything in pink thus turning Ella into his pink princess. She loved being with the children when they came to the zoo and even helped with weddings. When Ella got a new caretaker, Anna, she welcomed her with the same love and adoration and the two formed a deep relationship.

After years of helping with weddings Ella was growing weary and asked Anna to take her back to the zoo where she could rest in peace. It was then that she looked into a mirror and saw her gray wrinkled skin. She wondered who would love her now. Zeppo had grown older as well but continued to visit Ella reminding her that age doesn’t separate friends, and that they would always have each other. It was then that she began to accept herself and enjoy her days in the zoo without any pink, confident in the knowledge that she brought happiness to many people.

I think Doris Rueger does a wonderful job of helping describe how not only an elephant can get caught up in appearances and attire but so can people. When this happens it is easy to lose focus of what is really important. I was reminded that what we do for others and who we are internally is really what matters. This is a great but simple reminder that we must be happy with who we are and reach other to help and encourage others.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Darin Godby, a active reader, husband, father and soon to be author.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Doris Rueger. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.