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Tua and the Elephant

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fun, exciting tale of Thai girl who rescues an elephant.

Book R.P. Harris Animals 2012
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Besides the appealing title heroines, this is a gratifying tale of doing the right thing, with a lot of help from interesting characters and quite a few moments to tickle young readers' funnybone. The simple, engaging illustrations by award-winning artist Taeeyun Yoo and first-time author R.P. Harris' literary style give the book a pleasantly retro feel -- a good fit for a moral universe in which perils abound, but so do clever friends who save the day.

Harris, who lives in Shanghai, China, does a great job of immersing the reader in the sights, sounds, customs, and cuisine of Thailand, ​and includes common Thai phrases in the dialogue. (The book would have benefited from a glossary and pronunciation guide.)

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