The author's contagious delight in animal ways and her warm appreciation of unusual animal talent adds spice to these anecdotes. There's the story of Mother Bruma and her bear cubs and the way in which she refused to accept the tourists' indifference. She could not know that they had been warned off by a sign, so Mother Bruma sets her cubs in the middle of the road, foreing motorists to stop, admire and feed them before she makes her own grand entrance...In the jungles of Africa an old Negro had trained his pet gorilla to do the kitchen chores and to great visitors with a friendly hug. A cage for this gifted creature is catastrophe until -- freed from his prison- he can go back to being a person....Boney, Molley and Waddy are baby elephants who learn to ride tricycles. When Boney slips off and lands on a drum in the orchestra during a circus act, she brings her skill as a performer into full play. Here are stories that will be read with delight by 3rd and 4th grade readers, while any read-aloud occasion for all the family will be welcomed by all ages. An unusual collection with whimsical charm.