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Children's LiteraturePhotojournalist Sobol takes readers to the village of Tha Klang in Thailand, where domesticated elephants roam freely through the streets. The text is simple and engaging, exploring the relationships between elephants and people, and elephants and the environment. Those relationships are exemplified by brother and sister Jak, nine, and Muay, seven, and their four-legged, three-thousand-pound sister Wan Pen, whose name means "full moon." It is the photographs, however, with Wan Pen, as undisputed star, that really invite the turn of the page. The picture of young monks and elephants spotlights the importance of these beautiful animals in the spiritual calendar of this community. The pages in which Wan Pen is shown playing soccer with the children cleverly utilize an irresistibly delightful situation to offer information on elephant physiology. The role of elephants in the now-declining logging industry can be a thought-provoking subject for discussion in a classroom or simply across generations. The world of elephant trainers is a threatened one in many parts of south and southeast Asia, so this is not only a charming book but an important one. Although a map showing the location of the village would have been a useful addition, curious readers will certainly feel driven to go find one on their own. A single page of backmatter presents a quick review of elephant facts. 2004, Dutton, Ages 7 to 10.