LITTLE WILD ELEPHANT by Anna Michel

LITTLE WILD ELEPHANT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of the first things Little Elephant has to learn is that he can't drink from Sister Elephant, only from Mother Elephant; and older Brother Elephant has to learn that he is too big to drink from Mother. As Little Elephant grows he learns also about dust baths and eating grass; and though once he ""played a trick"" on Mother Elephant by hiding and squealing as if in danger, a few days later he squeals for real--and Grandmother Elephant scares away the lions that lurk nearby. Michel shows Mother and Grandmother pulling Little Elephant out of a mud hole, and she has Brother Elephant leave the family at age twelve, after Little Elephant has acquired a new sister and nephew. It's all a bit faint like the Parnalls' black-dot illustrations, but Michel selects her representative incidents with a beginner's interests in mind and she works them in more smoothly than she did the behavior of Little Wild Chimpanzee (1978).

Pub Date: April 1st, 1979
Publisher: Pantheon