Sammy – The Flying Purple Baby Elephant

(Remembering the Old Ways of the Elephant)

by Robert L. O’Neill

About the book

Bringing Back the Art of Authentic Connection

There is an epidemic in our culture: an excessive use of smartphones. It distracts us from living fully in the moment and connecting with each other in a deep and meaningful way.

Sammy – The Flying Purple Baby Elephant helps children and adults alike to remember the joy of genuine connection with another being. And it does it with a lot of heart and humor.

What people are saying…

This book is very relevant to our day to day lives today for both adults and kids alike.

I loved the colorful and very friendly pictures. They are very inviting to look at. I love the concept that the author so beautiful delivered, “Relationships are much more important then gadgets.” I also really enjoyed how elegantly and elephantly:) the author was able to deliver the message in such a simple manner. A great read for any child growing up in this day and age.


A Delightful & Informative Book

What a great idea to have a book for children to teach them how to stay off their cell phones — or to remind their parents what’s really important. It was a very pleasant read — I have two grandchildren so I’m always looking for books for them. I would certainly recommend it. Children will enjoy it and it may make a difference when they’re old enough to want a phone. It’s also a warning to parents.

Linda Joyce Stolow – Astrologer and Author of “The Day You Were Born" 
Linda Joyce Stolow – Astrologer and Author of “The Day You Were Born

Read & Discuss!

Not only does this wonderful story written & illustrated by the talented artist, Robert O’Neill, cue the readers’ thoughts into a social commentary, what is perhaps equally important – it also transforms and opens our imaginations unto a dazzling world! I look forward to more work from Robert! Read, share, enjoy & reflect with your children, grandchildren, students, etc!

Aaron Zomback – Filmmaker 
Aaron Zomback – Filmmaker

When the Student Becomes the Teacher

With a little old-school wisdom from his grandfather, Sammy, a sweet, innocent, yet sad and confused purple baby elephant teaches his parents that the old ways are still the best ways. “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

Carl Stillitano – Playwright / life coach 
Carl Stillitano – Playwright / life coach


Beautiful art and a very important message! Buy it for your kids, and have them read it to you. We adults are the ones who need to hear it…

David Rosenthal – 
David Rosenthal –

Take a look inside

Book Preview

Sammy the flying purple baby elephant is sad that his Mommy and Daddy are on their smartphones all day long. He knows smartphones have lots and lots of good things about them, but why do they have to be on them all day long?

Sammy is determined to find a way to get his parents off their smartphones and back to remembering the old ways of the elephant. Will he succeed?

Meet the author/illustrator

Robert L. O’Neill

Robert L. O’Neill is an artist, children’s book author, poet, playwright, actor and a chef.

He was inspired to write the book having realized that his own excessive use of his smartphone was hindering his creative expression as an artist.

Supporting the Elephants

Robert L. O’Neill was so touched by a documentary film, Love and Bananas: An Elephant love story, that he made a commitment to give 10% of profits to Save Elephant Foundation from all online book sales of his newly published children’s book.

Come out and play

Upcoming Events

Let’s connect outside of electronic devices. Come out to create new experiences, practice your social skills and meet likeminded people.

What’s in the works

Upcoming Books

Robert L. O’Neill is currently working on his first book of poems and another book of Sammy’s adventures.

Robert L. O'Neill