Tarra & Bella (Hardcover)

The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends

By Carol Buckley, Carol Buckley (Photographs by)

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, 9780399254437, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 8, 2009

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Paperback (3/6/2014)
Prebound (3/6/2014)
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Best friends come in all shapes and sizes!

After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained independent? until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella.

It was love at first sight as this unlikely duo became inseparable. They ate together, slept together, and even understood each other?s language. And when Bella suffered a severe spinal injury, Tarra stayed by her side and was there for her until Bella regained her health.

Brilliant color photographs of Tarra and Bella at home in the Elephant Sanctuary deftly illustrate this inspiring story of companionship, and an informative note about the Sanctuary provides a great resource for parents and teachers.

About the Author

Carol Buckley is the cofounder and CEO of the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

Praise For Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends

“A sweet and sincere offering.”
“Buckley’s straightforward text and her empathy-building photos warmly present an indelible image of this unlikely friendship without trying to explain it. It simply is.”
School Library Journal
"The animals’ friendship will inspire young readers."
Publishers Weekly