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Hardcover Details
  • 03/2018
  • 978-1629896236 B06XXWSK2C
  • 156 pages
  • $21.95
Erik Shein
Author
Thunder, A Elephants Journey, book Two, Footprints in the Sand

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical)

One tiny elephant, one gigantic adventure… A search for adventure may get Thunder more than he bargained for. He never expected to find himself alone again, but the footprints left by his mother will be his guide to healing and finding his way. On his journey he finds himself making some new friends: Razor, a grumpy lion; Dash, a speedy genet; Archie, a chatty lizard, and two whimsical gorillas, Harold and Neville. A trip back to the caves reunites Thunder with old friends, and together they join forces to save the day and help Thunder find peace.
Reviews
Madelyn's Thoughts on Thunder: An Elephant's Journey.

Madelyn's Thoughts on Thunder:  An Elephant's Journey.  I really like this story because it's realistic (except for the talking elephants).  The book shows life as it is for endangered pygmy elephants.  It's true that poachers simply do not care that they are harming living, breathing animals.  This book raises awareness by giving the animals a voice.  I enjoyed the story--and I really liked the illustrations.  I think it's a great book for older elementary aged/young middle school aged readers or families to read together.  The book would interest younger kids--but, some of the vocabulary may be too difficult for younger reading levels.

My Thoughts on Thunder:  An Elephant's Journey.  I also really liked the story--but, I loved Charlotte's Web and Winnie the Pooh and other books with talking animals!  It is a story that creates awareness of a very difficult subject--but, truly personalizing it to the elephant and his feelings and emotions.  The story flowed well from beginning to end and created enough interest to excite me for the other books in the series.   

I think the book is written in such a way that makes it perfectly for families to share or for older readers to read alone.  It's perfect for strong readers in upper elementary or lower middle school--though, as an adult, I enjoyed the simple story!  I would recommend it for use in introducing and supplementing science or social studies topics related to endangered species and protective efforts for them.  Readers will find a host of resources and agencies related to the support and treatment of endangered animals at the end of the book for additional learning (or volunteer/support opportunities).

As I read, I thought that this book would make a wonderful, family movie--and was pleased to learn that there was a plan for a short film.

Oddly enough, I didn't really pay a lot of attention to the illustrations--but, they impressed my daughter greatly.  So--I had to (slow down) and go back and take a look at them!  I would encourage you to take note of them.  They are really well done and do add even more personality to the book's pages.

News
01/12/2017
Thunder, An Elephant's Journey, A Tale of Patience, Courage, and Wisdom...

Thunder: An Elephant’s Journey tells the story of a young African Pygmy elephant who struggles to survive in a world that seems out to destroy him and his kind. When poachers separate Thunder from his herd, he wants nothing more than to find his way back to them. Along the way, Thunder makes many friends. Their hijinks will keep children laughing and smiling as they also learn more about the challenges all of these animals face in our world. Pre-order on Amazon http://amzn.to/2jm0QW7

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 03/2018
  • 978-1629896236 B06XXWSK2C
  • 156 pages
  • $21.95

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