Elephants Walk Together by Cheryl Lawton Malone ill by Bistra Masseva
Elephants Walk Together tells the story of Asian elephants Precious and Baba, young calves who grew up as playmates in the forest. While still very young, they were captured by hunters and impressed into becoming circus performers. Both remained with the same touring group, entertaining audiences across the country. They learned to balance on small balls, ride bicycles, and parade single file. They endured all of this under the blinding light and constant commotion of the circus tent. Malone descriptions of the less-than-humane treatment of these pachyderms are not overly graphic.
Bistra Masseva renders the illustrations in a soft color pallette. The stately elephants are unquestionably the dominant feature on each page. While the style is realistic, it also conveys the warm and depth of emotional attachment between these two friends. It is clear that they are more than massively impressive mammals. The elephants display genuine affection for one another.
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International Elephant Foundation
Los Angeles Zoo: Elephants of Asia
Performing Animal Welfare Society
US Fish and Wildlife Service: Wildlife Without Borders
World Elephant Day