Growing Up in Africa's Elephant Kingdom by Ellen Foley James
The Story of Little Bull

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He's one of the most endearing main characters in a story in many years--and he's rea! Come along and share his adventures. Through enchanting full-color photos, watch as this mischievous, playful, and innocent 250-pound baby elephant learns about the world around him. See him newly born, his big elephant ears wrapped tightly around him; struggling to his feet for the first time, prodded by his mother's wiggly trunk; stumbling and swaying on wobbly legs; and making friends with many of the members of Africa's animal kingdom. In a playground as wide as all outdoors, in a land of lush rolling hills and umbrella trees, Little Bull and his herd live and travel. Little Bull doesn't lack for affection.You'll meet the family who watches over him always--a loving mother, attentive aunts, and an older sister who becomes his self-appointed guardian--as well as the other baby elephants who play with him, wrestling in the mud, grabbing stones, and learning tricks. Early on, he becomes friends with a white egret who follows the herd--and he also learns to avoid the lions who regard him with glittering, hungry eyes. You're also there as the rains stop, and the grass and water slowly dry up. Follow the herd as they go on a journey across miles of land, searching desperately for food. The baby elephants struggle hard to keep up, and though the adults gently nudge them on, soon they weaken. But then one day, in the distance, thunder sounds. Dark clouds roll in, and the cool, fresh rains pour down and turn the earth green once more...And you'll rejoice as life returns to the savanna once again. With its simple and lyrical style, lush color photography, and design that echoes traditional African

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Published December 31, 1998 by Sterling. 48 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Included is a brief glossary of limited use, defining a crane as ""a tall wading bird that lives in marshes and on plains"" and an egret as ""a small, white bird that has long legs, a long neck, and a slender body,"" even though cranes also have long necks and legs, and some egrets are tall.

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PW said of this photographic book, based on a Discovery Channel film, "The text takes on a narrative rhythm, poignance and humor, with stunning photographs of a baby elephant against a backdrop of the Kenya plains."

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