Tua and the Elephant by R. P. Harris

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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.
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Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has everything she needs at home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, except for one thing she's always wanted: a sister. In the market one day, Tua makes an accidental acquaintance—one with wise, loving eyes, remarkable strength, and a very curious trunk. And when Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it's clear this elephant needs her help. Together, the unusual team sets off on a remarkable journey to escape from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling night market to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and finally, to the sanctuary of an elephant refuge, this clever girl and her beloved companion find that right under their noses is exactly what each has been searching for: a friend.
 

About R. P. Harris

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R.P. Harris has traveled the world with his wife, spending much time in Asia, including three months in Thailand, where this story was born. He is currently living in Shanghai, China. Taeeun Yoo has illustrated numerous books for children, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book, Only a Witch Can Fly . She lives in New York City.
 
Published April 6, 2012 by Chronicle Books LLC. 205 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.
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Reviewed by Sara Gruen on May 11 2012

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.

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