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His picture book over Elmar, the colorful plaid elephant, was translated into over 60 languages. The Childish King Rollo also made the British author David McKee. Now he died at the age of 87 years.

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All other elephants are gray, just one not: Elmar, who is colorful. But Elmar wants to be like the others and paints gray. It is a disappointment: the others do not recognize. Overnight it rains and Elmars gray color washes off. Great is the jubilant in the elephant's herd: You have your colorful Elmar back.

with the story about the colored elephant Elmar Elerman had a classic of the British children's book artist David McKee, who already tells citizens of the other, exclusion and respect. McKee thought of the elephant after a racist incident he experienced with his family in Plympton in the County Devon.

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"Elmer The Patchwork Elephant", as the book is in the original, first appeared in 1968. 29 books with the colorful elephant McKee published, they were translated into over 60 languages. In German, they have appeared at the publisher Thienemann.

Elmar is only one of a variety of figures that the graduate of the art school in Plymouth. West German viewers of the "Sandman" may still remind of the short films with the childish "King Rollo". In United Kingdom , his "MR Benn" was very popular - a Lord with Bowlerhut, which revives himself and experienced adventure.

1995 McCee published a children's book entitled "Not now, Jacob": whenever Jacob wants something from his parents, do not answer "not now" because they have just to do something else - even when he says that in the garden Monster sits. David McKee received the German Youth Literature Prize in 1987 »You started! No, you! "A story about dispute and understanding.

also in the UK David McKee was awarded prizes, including 2020 the price of the Book Trust's life's work was. Last, he lived alternately in London and in southern France , where he died after a short illness. This announced the publishing house Andersen Press on Thursday, McKee became 87 years old.

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