Mela and the Elephant (Hardcover)

By Dow Phumiruk, Ziyue Chen (Illustrator)

Sleeping Bear Press, 9781585369980, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 15, 2018

List Price: 16.99*
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2019 Colorado Book Award Finalist

Recognized in The 50 Best Multicultural Picture Books of 2018

Mela sets out to explore the river outside her village but quickly ends up in trouble when her little boat is swept downstream and into the dense jungle. She encounters a crocodile, a leopard, and some monkeys, offering each a prize return for helping her find her way home but the animals snatch up their rewards without helping Mela back to her village. Just when she's about to give up, an elephant shows Mela that kindness is its own reward. This new fable is told with authentic Thai customs and includes an author's note with more Thai traditions and language.