BASHI, ELEPHANT BABY by Theresa Radcliffe

BASHI, ELEPHANT BABY

by , illustrated by
Age Range: 3 - 8

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Characteristic of this British team's earlier collaborations (The Snow Leopard, 1994, not reviewed, etc.), danger in the wild lurks in the form of predators until safety can be restored, but this time a slight story takes a backseat to lifelike, illustrated, natural-history dioramas about an endangered baby elephant. Bashi's first day of life finds him bogged down in the slurpy mud banks of an African watering hole, surrounded by hungry lionesses eager to make a meal of him. Bashi's mother, Neo, tries to lift the young calf with her trunk so that he does not remain a defenseless target. The threat of three lionesses provides the sole suspense as other elephant herd members attempt to aid Neo in freeing young Bashi. Sandy colors light up a sky awash in a tangerine-colored sunrise; a Mount Rushmore of lioness faces peers out of golden grasses. Butler's highly delineated wildlife studies lend a realism to each scene leading up to the rescue of Bashi, who is soon enveloped again in the comforting protection of the herd. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1998
ISBN: 0-670-87054-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Viking
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15th, 1997




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