Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya
A True Story of Animals, People and War

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A sobering lesson about the horrors of war is depicted through the fate of three elephants at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo during World War II.
 

About Yukio Tsuchiya

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Yukio Tsuchiya is a prolific writer of children's stories, songs, and poems in Japan, as well as critic of Japanese children's literature. His credits include almost 150 books, among them collections of doku, a form of haiku Tsuchiya developed and writes from a child's point of view. In Japan, Tsuchiya has been awarded the Juvenile Cultural Merits Award twice, the Kodansha Noma Juvenile Literary Award, and the Shogakkan Literature Award. Ted Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New Ted Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, anYork, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventiona iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventional pets. The lion was given to his older brother, Don, while l pets. The lion was given to his older brother, Don, while he was traveling as a professional wrestler, and he shipped he was traveling as a professional wrestler, and he shipped it home. The family kept Sheba in the basement fruit cellar it home. The family kept Sheba in the basement fruit cellar until Don returned and their mother convinced him to give ituntil Don returned and their mother convinced him to give it to the Buffalo zoo. Ted always knew he wanted to be an to the Buffalo zoo. Ted always knew he wanted to be an illustrator. As a child he copied the work of illustrators aillustrator. As a child he copied the work of illustrators and painters he admired, including N. C. Wyeth, Winslow Homernd painters he admired, including N. C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, VelAzquez, and Goya. When it came tim, John Singer Sargent, VelAzquez, and Goya. When it came time to go to art school (Pratt), he needed to earn money to fie to go to art school (Pratt), he needed to earn money to finance his education. So, following in his brother's footstepnance his education. So, following in his brother's footsteps, he took a summer job as a wrestler -- the beginning of a s, he took a summer job as a wrestler -- the beginning of a 15-year part-time career that eventually inspired his autobi15-year part-time career that eventually inspired his autobiographical book "I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler." Tedographical book "I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler." Ted's career as an artist began with illustrations for adventur's career as an artist began with illustrations for adventure magazines, and it's only over the last several years that e magazines, and it's only over the last several years that he has devoted his time to writing and illustrating childrenhe has devoted his time to writing and illustrating children's books. "I'm having more fun doing this than anything I've's books. "I'm having more fun doing this than anything I've ever done before," he says. He is an avid traveler, and man ever done before," he says. He is an avid traveler, and many of his books are inspired by trips to such places as the Ay of his books are inspired by trips to such places as the Amazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Egypt, Lapland, anmazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Egypt, Lapland, and India. His "Market!", published in 1996, showcases marketsd India. His "Market!", published in 1996, showcases markets around the world, from Uganda to Ireland to Ecuador. "T around the world, from Uganda to Ireland to Ecuador. "Touch and Go" is a collection of stories about the adventuresouch and Go" is a collection of stories about the adventures Ted had while researching his books. "Gorilla Walk" is his Ted had while researching his books. "Gorilla Walk" is his first collaboration with his wife, Betsy, and is about theirfirst collaboration with his wife, Betsy, and is about their trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They've just c trek to see the mountain gorillas in Uganda. They've just completed their second collaboration, "Elephant Quest", set iompleted their second collaboration, "Elephant Quest", set in the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Ted's current project is an the Okavango Delta of Botswana. Ted's current project is about a Civil War drummer boy. Ted and Betsy live in Broobout a Civil War drummer boy. Ted and Betsy live in Brooklyn, New York, where they share their home with two cats, Sklyn, New York, where they share their home with two cats, Slick and Chopper. lick and Chopper.
 
Published August 15, 1988 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This powerful, heartbreaking story, which obviously has made an eloquent appeal to Japanese immigrants for nearly 40 years, raises some profound questions for the western reader: yes, it is a moving example of the horrors of war, but no fault is implied, either in the authority that made the deat...

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