Gentle Giants Cross the Atlantic: Summer Reads for Ele-fans

July 8, 2014 | By Book Department

Let’s talk about the giant elephant in the room. From the multi-colored Elmer to the cosmopolitan Babar, elephant stories effortlessly tromp across time and space. These universally beloved gentle giants have inspired many literary works of art. Let's be honest, what’s really better and more wondrous than an elephant?

Pomelo Begins to Grow written by Ramona Badescu & illustrated by Benjamin Chaud  (Enchanted Lion Books, 2011)
A young elephant, Pomelo deals with his quickly changing appearance. With a trunk like a measure tape, we watch as Pomelo grows and shares the burning questions of growing up that all children, and adults alike, must eventually face.

The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant created by Jean de Brunhoff
(Random House, 1937)
First appearing in the 1930s, this beloved children’s series on an adventurous city-slicking elephant, Babar, has captured the hearts of millions around the world and has a multigenerational following. When released, Babar’s Yoga for Elephants (Abrams, 2002) was an instant hit and sold over 100,000 copies.

The Memory of An Elephant written by Sophie Strady & illustrated by Jean-François Martin
(Chronicle Books, September 2014)
Marcel crosses the Atlantic for a journey unlike any other. This dapper busty trunked explorer collects an encyclopedic record of his trip. Filled with information and autobiographical reflections, this tale will transfix all children young and old. 


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