BOOK: Carrie and David Grant – Elephant’s Birthday Bells

June 15, 2013
Elephant is far too loud for the family band and everyone’s fed up … until a very special birthday present helps her find her gentle jingle-jangle!


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Written by Carrie and David Grant
Illustrated by Alice Busby
Published by Egmont

Age range: 3-7 years old


Contains a seven-track CD with an audio version of the story
Includes musical activities
Make your own instrument
Sing along with a cool pop song (and there’s a bonus karaoke track!)

A number of animals in a room


Follow Elephant throughout the book as she learns all about loud and soft. With each page turn children get the opportunity to join in with the story. Whether it is trumpeting, stomping, jingling their feet or tip-toeing as quiet as can be.

As the book comes with an accompanying CD you can chose whether to read the story to your little ones or pop the CD on and let them follow the story along, remembering to turn the page when they hear the TOOT!

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The CD comes with seven tracks:

  1. Theme tune
  2. Welcome
  3. Story
  4. Original song
  5. Sing Loud and Proud
  6. Heavenly Harmonies
  7. Karaoke track

Track 5 – Sing Loud and Proud gets children to tap on a table or drum to show them the difference between soft, medium and loud.

Towards the back of the book there is a ‘Make your own Jingle-Jangle Bells!’ tutorial, along children to make their own instrument and jingle-jangle their bells loudly and softly just like Elephant.

Boo Roo and Tigger Too’s thoughts…

Tigger loves animal books so he really enjoyed turning each page to discover what new animals lay ahead. It was really lovely to see Roo sit and read the book to her younger brother and for them to join along with the actions.

The both enjoyed listening to the CD included, although I hope that in future publications that they think of a better solution to hold the CD. The flap that secures the CD in the back envelope was difficult to close and after a few opens/closes it has already started to look worse for wear.

As yet we haven’t managed to make our own jingle bells (must send Mr Boo into loft to get some jingle bells from the Christmas box), but the instructions are clear and they look relatively easy to make.

About Jump Up and Join In Books

Jump up, join in and read along with Carrie and David as they teach you to enjoy and feel confident about music. Stars of children’s TV shows and vocal coaches to Take That, The Saturdays and the Spice Girls, Carrie and David are also ambassadors for Sing Up, which develops singing in schools.

Jump up and join in currently offers six books, why not collect them all:
Boo xxx
Disclosure Policy: We received a copy of Carrie and David Grant – Elephant’s Birthday Bells FOC for the purpose of review as part of the markettiers4dc Parenting Broadcast Blogger Network

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