Safe, never expires
Safe, never expires
From the house of Tara Books comes Elephants Never Forget!, a beautiful story of loyalty and integration, strikingly illustrated in minimal color by Christiane Pieper and written in rhyming verse by Anushka Ravishankar.
This stirring book follows the journey of an elephant that gets caught in a storm only to realize that he is away from his herd. At first frightened of being alone, the elephant tentatively joins a herd of buffaloes, and slowly but surely builds a new life with his newfound friends. As they move through the jungle, the elephant stays on with the buffaloes, sometimes clearing the buffaloes’ path, at times giving them a shower bath, finding them food, and keeping them safe from the predatory tiger in the jungle. Although he looks nothing like a buffalo, the elephant comes to identify himself as a buffalo until one day, when he meets a herd of elephants who trumpet out to him to join them. Who is he now??? An elephant… or still a buffalo…???
The book reminds you of Julia Donaldson’s Tyrannosaurus Drip due to the similarity of storyline, albeit with a different ending. The book lightly touches on the themes of adoption, integration, diversity, loyalty, and is an excellent read for a young child. Adopted children will relate to the message well, as will children who are “different” in any way and finding it difficult to merge into a new group. The placement of the sound words make them feel like a part of the illustrations and the artful use of minimal color makes the book stand apart.
Publisher Recommended Age – 6+ for readers, but can be read aloud to your 3 year old.
Elephants Never Forget! is an apt read for a young child especially when they are going through a tough time while trying to integrate themselves into a new group, for an adopted or foster child going through the phase of adjustment in a new family or for them to know that they do not need to follow the metaphorical herd when it comes to forging their identity!