Next month brings the publication of a an already-starred new novel, Tua and the Elephant, written by R.P. Harris and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo.
Tua is the story of a ten-year-old girl living in Thailand, who meets an unusual and wise elephant chained up in the market. The elephant is being used as tourist bait by two mahouts, or elephant drivers. Tua, whose name means “peanut” in the Thai language, decides she must rescue it and see it safely to an elephant preserve.
A starred review in Kirkus says:
“Will Tua be successful in getting Pohn Pohn into the preserve? For a book aimed at middle graders, kudos on three fronts: providing a child’s-eye view of Thailand with foreign words to be decoded in context, creating a strong connection between the elephant and the girl, and using a simple vocabulary to introduce the complex issue of poaching. Yoo’s multiple illustrations, done in charcoal and linoleum block print, catapult the story even higher. Foreign yet familiar, the action is often humorous and reinforces the sweet bond between pachyderm and “peanut”. A rousing adventure that introduces the issue of elephant trafficking in a gentle and appropriate way.”
We’re giving away five copies of this lovely, moving novel. For a chance to win, please leave your comment below. (As for me, I’m pairing this with Katherine Applegate’s wonderful new The One and Only Ivan when I recommend books to young animal/environment lovers!)
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