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Thunder: An Elephant's Journey
     

Thunder: An Elephant's Journey

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by Erik Daniel Shein, L M Reker
 

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A young African pygmy elephant must confront his fears to fulfill a dream and become a legend ….

Thunder, a young pygmy forest elephant, sets out on a journey to find his mother after he escapes capture from poachers. With danger at every turn in the central African jungle, he must face his fears to survive. With the help of some unlikely friends:

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A young African pygmy elephant must confront his fears to fulfill a dream and become a legend ….

Thunder, a young pygmy forest elephant, sets out on a journey to find his mother after he escapes capture from poachers. With danger at every turn in the central African jungle, he must face his fears to survive. With the help of some unlikely friends: Soma, a cranky rhino; Frederick, a nutty pink flamingo; Penelope, a chatty parrot; three kooky egrets; and Jennetta Blue, a blue butterfly; they help him with his dream to look for her and fulfill his quest to be united with his herd.

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Kirkus Reviews
2016-12-09
A young elephant must reconnect with his herd and face his fears in this middle-grade novel. Thunder, an African pygmy elephant, lives with his mother and the rest of his tribe in Africa. Every day, the tribe wanders through the savannah looking for food while Thunder and his friends play. The young elephant is particularly close to his mother, who teaches him all he needs to know, including how to communicate and act within the herd and how to protect himself from dangers that surround him—especially the "Uprights," which is what elephants call humans. He leads a happy life until a poacher named Drago decides that he wants the elephants—and the rest of their animal friends—for himself. Drago captures some of them, but when his vehicle crashes, Thunder and a parrot named Penelope escape. The terrified Thunder misses his loved ones, but Soma, a tough-as-nails rhino, offers to help, and they all set off on a quest to find Thunder's herd. Of course, it's not easy, as weather and other wild beasts make the journey difficult; also, Drago is still set on capturing as many beasts as possible. Will Thunder make it back to his mother, or will Drago destroy his herd before he can find it? Shein and Reker (The Forgotten Ornament, 2012, etc.) paint quite a harrowing picture at times; Thunder's quest is a stressful one, and some children may feel overwhelmed if they read it all in one sitting. That being said, the whole book is a lesson in perseverance and determination, which readers of all ages could stand to learn. The prose is thick with lovely descriptions of Thunder's home and the various places he visits, and his fears will be relatable to the younger set. The story is also a great introduction to the concept of preserving the planet and its species. In a wonderful touch, an appendix gives contact information for a variety of organizations that are trying to stop the practice of poaching and protect the environment. Hopefully, this work will inspire young and old readers alike to do their parts to help save the beautiful creatures of Africa. A thrilling, inspiring tale of bravery and family.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781629895635
Publisher:
World Castle Publishing
Publication date:
12/15/2016
Pages:
190
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.56(d)

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Thunder An Elephants Journey 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 8 months ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Thunder: An Elephant’s Journey by Erik Daniel Shein and L.M. Reker is an adorable story that revolves around a young pygmy forest elephant, Thunder, who is on a mission to find his mother, Serenity, after escaping from poachers. Thunder, along with Penelope the Parrot, escapes when their vehicle crashes. They go back to the jungle and from there the story takes readers through the perils of the African jungle where Thunder meets new people and makes new friends who help him to find his way back to his mother and his herd. Braving all dangers and adventures, Thunder uses the technique of stomping his two front feet to get back with his mother and keep the poachers at bay. The story conveys some relevant messages to readers and stresses the importance of understanding and respecting animals. Be it via Soma the Rhino, Penelope the Parrot, Frederick the Flamingo, or Jennetta Blue the Blue Butterfly, readers will find themselves glued to the story till the very end. The book not only handles the topic of poaching, but also blends adventure, magic, suspense, and some good messages together, making it a must-read storybook for all those who love animals and want to address the issue of poaching. The characters are all adorable, real, and memorable, and they highlight the role of friends in everyone’s life. The mother and son moments between Serenity and Thunder are beautiful and connect well with readers. The author also looks from an angle of how animals feel about poachers and how they live with the fear of being separated from their families.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A  beautiful  verse book    about  a baby pigmy  elephant named  thunder     that    got  lost  from  his  mother    and    meets  some  animal  friends  along  the way    that  help   find his parents     Thump Thump Thump    Great for  kids   ages  5  and  above  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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