Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stuffed Elephant Toy Reviewed

 For A Child Who Loves Elephants

African Elephants from Pixabay.com
Today, I am reviewing a stuffed elephant toy that I want to get for my 5 year old granddaughter. This post will be more than just about a toy, though. Last spring my granddaughter and her Mom visited Disney World where she learned of the plight of our elephants. Bless her little heart she took the information quite seriously and has vowed to save the elephants! 

She is so serious about it that she wants to create a vlog to get the word out to everyone she can. When asked what her goal was she said, "I want all of the children to know about the killing of the elephants because if we don't do something my kids won't have any elephants." Did I mention that she is 5 years old? She and her Mommy figured out that with 35,000 elephants killed each year that by the time she is 19 there will be no more elephants in the wild. I know that I am her Grandmother and a little biased but I think this is pretty impressive for one so young. 

So, I am doing what I can to help her learn about elephants by giving her books and films about real elephants. I also want her to be able to cuddle with an elephant and that is why I came up with the idea to get her a stuffed one. 

I have always been fond of the Jellycat line of stuffed toys so I immediately searched for one from that company. 

I know from having purchased stuffed animals made by this UK firm before that they are made with care and are quite durable. I think she will like this one because it sort of resembles the African elephant with the large ears. He looks so sweet and soft and I am curious to hear what she names him. There is no doubt in my mind that he will have center stage on her bed!

I want to applaud Disney for educating children not just about elephants but about our environment as a whole. They do quite an impressive job as witnessed by how much they affected my granddaughter. This child has taken all of this to heart and can quote so many statistics about elephants that it would blow your mind. She can look at a picture and tell you whether the elephant is from Africa or Asia. She can tell you why elephants are so important to the eco system. Her passion for this project not only touches my soul but makes me want to help her.

I knew that poaching elephants for their tusks was a horrible problem but hadn't really given it too much thought other than to think what an awful situation. Now, that my little granddaughter has decided that she can save them; I have learned so much more. Most of the information is brought to me from the mouth of a 5 year old who has the determination of a 35 year old!

I keep thinking that on a trip where you would think that a 5 year old would come back with tales of the Princesses, the rides, and the characters of Disney that what she came away with was the desire to save the elephants. As I said, I am biased but she is one very incredible child! She is already showing us that she will be a leader of some sort. She will not just sit by and let things happen; she will be an activist when it comes to changing things for the better.

Perhaps you could help her and the elephants by teaching your children and grandchildren about elephants.



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6 comments:

  1. Saving the elephants is a subject dear to my heart as I have always loved them and have a lot of elephant statues in my house and have been aware for some time that poaching is endangering them. But that is impressive for a 5 year old!

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    1. I agree Heather and it has taken the passion of a 5 year old to make me more aware of the dire condition of these gentle giants. One of the things that she tells everyone who will listen is that when an elephant dies the others weep and grieve. She will look at you and say...see they have feelings just like us!

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  2. What a wonderful gift idea for a little activist! You have good reason to be proud of your granddaughter. She exhibits a kind and caring heart, not to mention a superior intellect for a 5 year old or any age for that matter. It is quite scary how so many of the fabulous animals we have all grown up loving are endangered now. Sickening really.

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  3. What a wonderfully bright and caring granddaughter you have Bev. The world can be changed by children who think and react as she does. You certainly have a special little girl there! And I know she is going to love that Jellycat Elephant. It's adorable!

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  4. I've had a wooden carved elephant since I was a teenager, and it's still in my home today! - love animal ornaments or stuffed animals - they're such wonderful keepsakes

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  5. I love that Jellycat elephant. It will be a constant reminder of her desire to save the elephants and it will keep her motivated. How wonderful that she cares so much about something besdies herself.

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