With poetic rhymes this striking picture book about the love and the simple kindness of a stranger is sure to touch a deep chord, particularly with fans of John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
When a lamb meets an elephant calf the two are happy to share a small patch of grass and a tiny water puddle available during the Big-Bad Thirst. None notices how different their bodies are, as the two are happy to spend their days together. Soon the sheep wishes that he, too, would arrive first at their meeting place and so he wakes up earlier and earlier each day. But no matter how hard he tries he cannot arrive before the elephant – because the elephant never left their tree, not having a home of his own. The sheep invites friend elephant to join her and her flock so that he will also have a family.
Inspired by the true story of Themba, the orphan elephant and Albert the good-hearted sheep that adopted him and cuddled him, the two remaining long-life best friends, “The Elephant and the Sheep” is a hymn to innocence and unconditional love, a read that is sure to warm up everyone’s heart.
Similar books: “The Lion and the Dog”, “The Cheetah and the Dog”.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is a very inspirational story of two very different animals just seeing each other purely as friends. It doesn’t matter that they look different and follow different life styles. All they see is what is good in each other. They are very different to look at, an elephant calf called Themba, who had been tragically orphaned and a sheep called Albert who lives on a farm as part of a flock.
The story is told through rhyme and the most beautiful colourful pictures. Although very simply drawn and coloured, together they tell of a true story set in Africa during a severe draught. The two think nothing of sharing what little green grass there is and small amount of water.
There are multiple lessons that a child can learn from this super story, from being aware of others needs and respecting each other to accepting everyone for who they are. It also encourages a child to question situations and new words, such as, What does orphan mean? and recognising when someone may be sad or need help.
This book is 29 pages of pure pleasure for both an adult to read to a child or a child reading on their own as they grow older. Lovely, lovely, lovely story.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Patricia Furstenberg is the author of Amazon Bestseller Joyful Trouble. She writes children stories about real and imaginary dogs and about animals in general. Patricia believes each creature has a story and a voice, if only we stop to listen.
Patricia came to writing though reading, her passion for books being something she inherited from her parents. “When I write, I write,” she usually says.
When she’s not writing she likes to read, listen to music, dance and bake.
One of the characters portrayed in her children stories is Pete, the yellow toy elephant. Not many know, but Pete exists and lives in Pat’s home.
This Romanian born writer is living happily with her husband, children and dogs in sunny South Africa