A baby elephant’s curiosity and unlucky adventure made her make new friends, a winsome and heart-warming story.
Tambo is a curious and spirited baby elephant. She joyfully followed the butterflies through the jungle and wandered too far from the rest of the elephants. She stepped on a fallen branch and fell into a poacher’s trap as she tried to find her way home. She cried for help, reaching the two village children who were also having fun chasing butterflies. They helped Tambo get out of the poacher’s trap. She was so happy to be rescued and returned to the herd. She and the children became special friends. Her unlucky adventure led her to make new friends.
Curiosity can sometimes lead to misfortune; however, good people are always ready to help. While this book portrays both people’s kindness and cruelty, it is the parent’s responsibility to educate and teach their children the importance of kindness, even to animals. Written using short sentences and familiar vocabulary, this picture book is more than just a story. It holds values that children can learn and appreciate. Tambo’s story is well suited to young readers. No lines are truncated in less-than-ideal places to accommodate the illustrations; all texts are well-placed and balanced. The story flows smoothly.
Vibrant, computer-rendered illustrations support the text of this story and are equally straightforward in their presentation. “A baby elephant was born and was larger than most newborn babies. A baby elephant was grey, with big ears and a long trunk.” An elephant’s happiness is palpable through the images on the pages. This is a highly recommended addition to story collections for young children.
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Author: Melanie Kordsmeier
Page Count: 20
Reviewer: Daisy Thomas
Review Posted Online: March 7, 2023