When Anju Loved Being an Elephant by Wendy Henrichs

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Growing up on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with its cooling lakes and refreshing mud holes, Anju loved being an elephant. Loving cared for and proetected by her mother and herd family, there was nowhere else Anju would rather be. That all changed when she was stolen and sold to an American circus. Anju spends decades traveling across the country, entertaining crowds. After the circus, she's then moved to a small zoo for 23 years, their lone elephant. Anju no longer loved being an elephant. She was old and tired. Will Anju ever love being an elephant again?

About Wendy Henrichs

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Wendy Henrich's love of animals expresses itself in the stories she writes for children. In researching elephants, she was struck by their deep family connections and emotional needs so closely resembling those of humans. Wendy lives in Iowa City, Iowa. John Butler has illustrated more than 40 children's books, including A Mama for Owen, the true story of the African baby hippo that, separated from his mother during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, bonded with a giant tortoise. John lives in England.
Published September 1, 2011 by Sleeping Bear Press. 34 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Closing their long-lashed eyelids and lying together with their families, Anju and Lali slept in the tall, ticklish grasses, heartbeat-to-heartbeat.” Anju enters her new home with trepidation yet is welcomed by a kind mahout and new elephant companion who greet her with encouraging tenderness.

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Elephants’ excellent memories come into play in this somber but hopeful story of a former circus elephant who finds refuge at a sanctuary in her old age.

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