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Elephants are adorable, that’s all there is to it. And this fact is proven as readers flip the pages of author Rebecca Heller’s lovely new picture book, Elephants.

In the book, a bright-eyed, wide-eared, rambunctious elephant calf explores its pristine world. It wakes to shimmering rays of morning sun, then heads straight for a bath with Mama Elephant. It makes friends with lovely wild birds that sit on its rear to catch the morning sun, cuddles with the herd, and even takes a swim in the blue water (the only place that can make it feel light as a feather!).

Just one of the hauntingly-beautiful illustrations by artist Suzie Mason.

There are even more sweet and quiet scenes of elephant life: the elephant calf hugging other elephants with its trunk, showing love to its doting mother, and even romping with other elephants in a game of twig-tag.

This serene little book is full-to-bursting with scenes that very young children will identify with: Baby playing under Mama Elephant’s watchful eye, Baby happily splashing through a puddle of water, Baby making noise (trumpeting) simply because she can, and Baby playing with her BFF’s.

Use this book to talk about animals in the wild, how elephants and their families are a lot like humans, and why all of God’s creatures deserve to live free. It should be noted that “a portion of the proceeds from the book benefit Amboseli Trust for Elephants, a non-profit organization that aims to ensure the long-term conservation and welfare of Africa‚Äôs elephants.”

Best wishes and happy reading,
Rita Lorraine

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