Balarama's Story: An Elephant's Journey

Balarama's Story: An Elephant's Journey


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ISBN-13: 9781614936022
Publisher: The Peppertree Press
Publication date: 07/26/2018
Pages: 110
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.29(d)

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Balarama's Story: An Elephant's Journey 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for boys and girls who like elephants, adventure, suspense, lots of humor and learning about other cultures. (ages 7-12). Told from the point of view of the young elephant, Balarama, the book explores how Balarama came to be a captive elephant, from his young and carefree life with his elephant family in the forest, to his capture, to his relationship with his new human trainer, to his exalted status as the elephant who carries the golden ambari, carrying the goddess of Mysore, India in the Jamboo Savaari festival. It is a beautiful story of separation, resistance, hard work and determination and perseverance in the face of adversity and hardships. It handles the issues of captive elephants better than any I have read, and in a way that is relevant to children. This book not only taught me about how elephants are captured and trained (in a balanced way that does not minimize the trauma to the elephant), but also introduced me to many aspects of Indian culture in a very captivating way. The author writes beautifully, using vivid imagery, and it has lovely illustrations. Narrating using the voice of the young elephant, Balarama, makes the characters and situations easy to relate to, even though most of us have little knowledge of captive working elephants and the daily work, and Indian festivals they are central to. The author was careful in his storytelling, with a balanced view of the trauma of initial captivity with the relationship with human trainers, which helps to make this story interesting for younger and older readers. This story teaches lessons of compassion and perseverance and optimism. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.