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Parents' Guide to

The Elephant Girl

By Mary Krawczyk, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Masaai girl comes of age in powerful, inspiring story.

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This powerful, engaging, and suspenseful coming-of-age story is inspiring and heartwarming, despite some heartbreaking moments. At the center of The Elephant Girl is Jama, a smart, brave, and caring girl who perseveres despite challenges and tragedies. Jama's Maasai village and the wildlife rehabilitation center where she later works are vivid and interesting settings. Jama's relationship with the elephants, especially Mgebu, is beautifully portrayed. There's lots of interesting information about Maasai culture and traditions, elephants, and some aspects of wildlife conservation. Readers will also be inspired by Jama's courage, tenacity, and compassion as she stays true to herself and finds her way.

More sensitive readers may struggle with the level of tragedy, death, and cruelty, involving both humans and elephants, in the story.

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