By Helen Cowcher
(Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374317744, 32pp.)
Publication Date: August 30, 2011
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Each year the desert elephants of Mali, West Africa, travel a 300-mile path to search for water. They peacefully pass through the lands of the Tuareg, Dogon, and Fulani people while following the longest migration route of any elephant in the world. This insightful story with bold, dramatic illustrations shows how people work together to preserve the delicate balance of life in the desert and protect these magnificent elephants.
“…this is a vibrant quick introduction to the human and animal milieu of the Sahel, and the focus on coexistence gives it a useful environmental implication and helps introduce the idea to kids a few years away from the Scientists in the Field series.” --BCCB "Cowcher’s beautiful watercolor and-mixed-media illustrations chart the animals’ route, beginning with a map on the endpapers, as they travel through their long journey."--Booklist "Cowcher’s paintings of the arid landscape and its rejuvenation by rain link the lives of elephants and humans in their mutual survival." --School Library Journal