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Tua and the Elephant


  • "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 prints, 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." – Kirkus Reviews
  • " Yoo’s vibrant full-page illustrations, rendered in charcoal and linoleum-block printing, perfectly complement and elevate Harris’s remarkable tale. A charming story sure to capture the hearts of young readers." – School Library Journal
  • "Harris touches on serious social issues (children living in dumps and mothers begging with infants), but ear tweaking and nose yanking are about as violent as it gets for the humans. The histories of the elephants at the sanctuary are horrifying, but are firmly in the past, with the elephants living happily in the present. This gentle approach makes for a wonderful and entirely age-_appropriate introduction to both the plight of the Asian elephant and the good kind of mahout, set against a backdrop of pure adventure." – New York Times Book Review


  • Bingham, Kelly. Z is for Moose. Greenwillow Books, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0060799847.
  • Marino, Gianna. Meet Me at the Moon. Viking Juvenile, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0670013135.
  • Sheldrick, Daphne. Love, Life, and Elephants: An African Love Story. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0374104573.