Tony and His Elephants – A Thai Elephant Sanctuary Picturebook
Tony and His Elephants:
Best Friends Forever!
photos & text by Cathleen Burnham
Crickhollow Books • Hardcover
$18.95 • 32 pages • 10.5” x 9” • April 2017
Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand • Youth Environmental Activism • Global Kids
Ideal for ages 7–12
Praise for the series: “Burnham shows us how even young children can make a difference in the world. Young and old alike will be enthralled with this book.” – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Children’s Book Author
“Color photos of the children, animals, and settings create a strong sense of place. . . . An unusual glimpse of children as environmental activists within their own community.” – ALA Booklist
Tony and His Elephants: Best Friends Forever! is a photodocumentary book by journalist and writer Cathleen Burnham, the third in her WAKA (World Association of Kids and Animals) series featuring kids involved in wild animal rescue activities around the world.
Tony and His Elephants introduces Tony, an eight-year-old boy, whose family runs a small elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand. He becomes involved in the care of two young elephants, Baby Pumpuii and Nam Cho, rescued from an urban setting to a new life in the forests.
But life in the wilds is not without its own drama and danger. Tony is quickly drawn into a deep and lasting relationship with these amazing and sensitive animals.
Like the first two books in this series (Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon and Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica), the text and photos shows a youngster deeply involved in caring for the well-being of young animals in need of shelter, food, and lots of love.
The conservation message is clear but not overly polemic, and is skillfully blended into the glimpse of everyday life of active kids and their families who are involved in small-scale, grassroots animal-rescue efforts.