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Elephants, with their matriarchal societies, long memories, and demonstrations of emotional connections, are some of the world's most treasured animals. However, they are also among the most threatened. It is up to humans to protect them before it is too late.
Bank Street's Best Books of the Year 2022 5-9-years-old List –Bank Street College of Education, 2022
Ages 6 – 10
Poetry, 32 pages, 2021
Companion title to I Am Polar Bear
Addressing readers directly, the majestic elephant shares some general information about its characteristics, as well as its plight as an endangered species. From the perspective of the animal, learn about the behaviors and role of the female elephant, along with its symbolism in different cultures. Both African and Indian elephants are included. The text communicates information about distressing treatment of the animal and threats to its existence in natural settings. Teamed with the text are the pencil-and-watercolor illustrations. See how the pictures reflect a compassionate portrayal of the pachyderm as a caring matriarch. Note how the illustrations show the threat that looms over the beast of burden when it is treated as a spectacle. The text may be a springboard for further discussion about the elephant and other animals that are endangered or vulnerable. No additional resources are listed, although the author includes some additional information at the back of the book. Readers may also want to consider reading Lewis’s earlier book, I am Polar Bear.
–Children's Literature, September 2021