Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review: 'Little Elephant Thunderfoot' by Sally Grindley

Little Elephant Thunderfoot by Sally Grindley, Illustrated by John Butler, 1996, Peachtree, $15.95, hardbound, 28 pages. Category/Genre: animals. Cover: brilliant except his trunk looks two-dimensional. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million. 

This is an excellent book to get your young ones started learning about wildlife in general and elephants in particular. Told as a story rather than simply stating facts, Little Elephant Thunderfoot braves the territory of growing up and life and death. 

Although tenderly told, the story involves the death of a loved one, so parents may want to read the book before reading it to their children, and be prepared for questions. 

John Butler's exquisite artwork brings the characters to life and depicts the African landscape in realistic detail. There are two organisations listed at the back that help with the conservation and protection of elephants, something the reader may have interest in after reading this story. 

Written for ages five and up. But don't count this one out if your kids are slightly older but interested in elephants. 

If you like this one, try: Little Sibu: An Orangutan Tale, by Sally Grindley; and Pi-shu the Little Panda, by John Butler. 

Don't forget to check out the other sites on the tour!

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