Soon (Hardcover)

By Timothy Knapman, Patrick Benson (Illustrator)

Candlewick, 9780763674786

Publication Date: February 24, 2015

List Price: 16.99*
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Description

A little elephant and his mother share an unforgettable day’s journey in this touching and gorgeously illustrated tale set in India.

The sun is not yet up when a small elephant named Raju embarks with his mother on a special outing. As they meet a slithering snake in the forest, snapping crocodiles in the river, even a tiger in the tall grass, Raju’s mother shoos the scary creatures away and keeps her little one safe. Holding tight to his mother’s tail, Raju follows her up a high mountain—and what they find at the top takes his breath away. Timothy Knapman’s story of trust and tenderness between mother and baby is beautifully matched by Patrick Benson’s expressive and atmospheric illustrations.


About the Author

Timothy Knapman has written a number of children’s books as well as plays, song lyrics, and opera libretti. He lives in Surrey, England.

Patrick Benson is the illustrator of the beloved and best-selling Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and has also illustrated books by Roald Dahl and Russell Hoban, among others. He has won many awards, including the Mother Goose Award, the Christopher Award, and the Kurt Maschler Award. He lives in Scotland.


Praise For Soon

Patrick Benson’s soft, expressive illustrations harmonize with Timothy Knapman’s reassuring story of a mother elephant and her son.
—The Wall Street Journal

Finely detailed, water-washed images of the Indian countryside emphasize the nervous excitement of new experiences and love between parent and child. ... A thoughtful presentation of a youngster’s ever-expanding world.
—School Library Journal

A mother-child journey readers will want to share again, soon.
—Kirkus Reviews

Beautiful illustrations in a naturalistic style perfectly complement this story about discovery, patience, and love.
—Midwest Book Review

Expressing the simultaneous longings for safe, familiar surroundings in one direction and new adventures in the other, this quiet picture book will speak to many young children.
—Booklist