Accompanying a hypothetical account of one African elephant's life from birth to maturity are full-page photos of many elephants that could be any elephants beating about the bush with or without a baby. The text pauses for the cow to give birth, to touch her offspring ""softly with the delicate tip of her tongue. But she would not urge him to stand up yet. He was still too weak for that""; the facing photo shows a herd with two erect young. Her efforts to prod him up, and his subsequent suckling, are also Unseen. When he gets to the water and doesn't get in (being deemed too young), one thinks fondly of Ylla's Little Elephant. Not for the first time: whatever informational value this has (less than the more compact Zim), as a picture-story it has no living presence.