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Tua and the Elephant

by R.P. Harris
Illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Published by Chronicle Books, 2012
202 pages
ISBN: 978𢠪118-77817

Ages 710

Tua is at the market when she stumbles upon a young elephant being cruelly treated by the petty thieves who won the pachyderm in a poker game. Once the men fall asleep, smart, capable Tua frees the elephant and leads her through the bustling Thai city of Chiang Mai. They end up at the house of Tua抯 Auntie Orchid, a flamboyant actress who barely bats an eye at the beast抯 arrival, not even after the elephant, whom Tua names Pohn-Pohn, opens the refrigerator in search of food. But it抯 clear Auntie Orchid抯 house isn抰 a good elephant refuge, especially when the two thieves show up at the door. A narrow but successful escape has Tua leading the elephant through the city and into the countryside, where she hopes to reach an elephant sanctuary, with the slightly bumbling, slightly menacing thieves hot on her trail. Great descriptive writing combines with lots of action in R. P. Harris抯 fresh, whimsical tale full of humor and warmth, not the least of which is the tenderness between Tua and Pohn-Pohn. Beautiful book design梚ncluding two-color illustrations in purple and gold梐dd to the pleasure of this lively story that would make a great read-aloud.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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