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The Elevator

Yael Frankel Yael Frankel Kit Maude

40 pages
Tapioca Stories Llc

Every trip changes us, even a trip on the elevator.

A girl and her dog begin their afternoon walk. But before they can get outside to the street, they must take the elevator in their apartment building. She presses the button to go down, but the elevator goes up. Who called it? Is it broken?

As the reader turns the page, every stop brings new characters—from Ms. Paula who’s afraid of dogs, to fussy infant twins, to the building's oldest resident, Mr. Miguel. The story builds as the elevator becomes more and more crowded, and when Ms. Paula shares her cake and Mr. Miguel shares a story about a lonely bear on his birthday, the characters discover what is—and isn’t—worth caring about.

The Elevator is a funny and heartwarming tale of unexpectedly big friendships formed out of a routine encounter in a tiny space. With a fun, elevator-shaped trim size, this picture book makes a wonderful introduction to the power of unexpected encounters, unlikely friendships, and making the most out of what we have.

About the Publisher

Tapioca Stories, a New York-based publishing house with Latin American soul, introduces young English readers to the finest Latin American children's books, originally written in Spanish and Portuguese.

Author Bio
Yael Frankel is an author and illustrator born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1967. She has been published in France, Italy, Spain, China, South Korea, Colombia, Chile, and Argentina—and now the United States. Her books won several awards, including White Ravens 2015 and 2020, Premio Fundación Cuatrogatos 2016, and ALIJA IBBY Argentina 2017. Her illustrations for the book The Elevator was the winner at the 2019 Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, United Arab Emirates. This same book won a laureate for Best Picture Book at the 2019 International Children’s Book Fair, Russia.