What Elephants Know

What Elephants Know

Book - 2016 | First Edition.
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In the threatened jungle of the Borderlands between Nepal and India during the 1970s, an orphaned boy discovers his fate as a great elephant driver.
Publisher: Los Angeles ; New York : Disney Hyperion, 2016.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9781484728543
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm


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In the threatened jungle of the Borderlands between Nepal and India during the 1970s, an orphaned boy discovers his fate as a great elephant driver.

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Mar 26, 2019

Such a great educational informational book about Nepal, elephants, and justice, as well as many other heroic virtues. It packs in a lot of adventure, action, and humanism. Definitely worth reading, but there are a few parts with a big of harsh language...best for ages 12-13 and up.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2018

This is an unexpected jewel. From the first half page I was hooked. Dinerstein has created a believable and very appealing protagonist. The story is sketched in a very readable style and yet is evocative, mysterious, and just plain wonderful. As Dinerstein is a scientist working with endangered species, his details are authoritative. Jane Goodall endorsed this book. Read it if you want a treat

Dec 22, 2016

This book is set in the country of Nepal. About a young orphan boy, Nandu, who tries to upgrade his life. It's more of a "explore and take in the scenery" style of book, rich with descriptive details. It has 5 parts which move along at a pretty good pace with action sprinkled in. It goes on his journey to blend the old way of his adopted father's way of living with the more modern world. For one section, I really liked how a teacher takes him under his wing to mentor. The young man starts to expand his view of the world and desires to become more.

Suited for 4 and 5th grade. With so many Nepalese and Kiren immigrants in Omaha, I was excited to read something that those children could relate to. I highly recommend to read to at least give your reading some diversity and depth. It is a solid, unique story not usually told in children's fiction and gives you a satisfied feeling with the conclusion.

Oct 24, 2016

I learned so much about Nepal in this book. We always hear about Mt Everest but this book is about a wholly different part of Nepal. Jungles and animals that I had no idea lived in that part of the world. There is also a lovely story of love and family and we see a boy growing up in very difficult circumstances and surviving and thriving.


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