Tua and the Elephant (Hardcover)

By Taeeun Yoo (Illustrator), R. P. Harris

Chronicle Books, 9780811877817, 204pp.

Publication Date: April 18, 2012

List Price: 16.99*
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Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has everything she needs at home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, except for one thing she's always wanted: a sister. In the market one day, Tua makes an accidental acquaintance—one with wise, loving eyes, remarkable strength, and a very curious trunk. And when Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it's clear this elephant needs her help. Together, the unusual team sets off on a remarkable journey to escape from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling night market to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and finally, to the sanctuary of an elephant refuge, this clever girl and her beloved companion find that right under their noses is exactly what each has been searching for: a friend.

About the Author

R.P. Harris has traveled the world with his wife, spending much time in Asia, including three months in Thailand, where this story was born. He is currently living in Shanghai, China.

Taeeun Yoo has illustrated numerous books for children, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book, Only a Witch Can Fly . She lives in New York City.

Praise For Tua and the Elephant

" A charming story sure to capture the hearts of young readers" - School Library Journal

"Pure adventure. " - The New York Times

"Enchanting. . . A strong read-aloud choice. " - Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review

"Charming" - Education.com

"A rousing adventure." - Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

"A gem! - ReadKiddoRead.com