Natumi Takes the Lead by Gerry Ellis
The True Story of an Orphan Elephant Who Finds Family

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A guide to pronouncing the animals’ names appears early on. Pleasing photographs with a slight story to encourage aspiring animal rescuers.
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After losing her mother, shy Natumi is rescued by a team from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphanage for baby elephants. At the shelter, Natumi hides behind keepers' legs to watch the other elephants at the shelter. But soon, she meets several other orphans, and the eight of them play together in the surrounding bush. 

As the babies become closer and more like a real family, they need a leader, someone they can trust. Can Natumi grow into this role? 

Join the herd to find out what happens when they travel back into the wild. This sweet story, with its heartwarming photographs, explores the challenges and joys of family, love, and growing up, and is a perfect bedtime tale.
 

About Gerry Ellis

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GERRY ELLIS is an award-winning wildlife photographer, whose work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, The New York Times, Ranger Rick, and many more. Gerry is also the author of more than a dozen nonfiction and children’s books.Photographing nature for more than 30 years around the world inspired him to found GLOBIO, an educational nonprofit that aims to inspire children to protect the diversity of all life on earth. Gerry is currently working on a multi-year project to document the challenges the world’s remaining great apes face today.AMY NOVESKY is the award-winning author of Me, Frieda, Georgia in Hawaii, and many other titles. When she’s not writing picture books, she works as an independent children’s book editor for Chronicle Books, Pixar, and other publishers.
Author Residence: Portland, OR
Author Hometown: Portland, OR
 
Published November 8, 2016 by National Geographic Children's Books. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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on Jul 26 2016

A guide to pronouncing the animals’ names appears early on. Pleasing photographs with a slight story to encourage aspiring animal rescuers.

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