The Day of the Elephant

by Barbara Ker Wilson
illus. Frané Lessac
Harpercollins Publishers Australia

ISBN:   9780207200557 Hardback    9780207200595 Paperback

A heartwarming story celebrating the extraordinary sixth sense of animals and one brave elephant who saved a group of children during the tsunami disaster in southern Thailand.Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated by the author, illustrator and publisher to assist the Asian tsunami aid effort.

The great elephant Mae Jabu turned her head from side to side and flapped her ears as she plodded along the track from the village to the beach. There was no birdsong that morning. Everything seemed strangely silent. Before the sun set that day a huge wave would engulf her world and sweep away all that she had ever known, and Mae Jabu would be a hero.

The story is centred on one special elephant, Mae Jabu, who is coming to visit a small village to entertain the children who live there. The village children are particularly excited about Mae Jabu’s visit as they love elephants and are hoping that she will dance for them. As Mae Jabu approaches the village she appears restless and bellows loudly. Her Keeper is concerned by her unusual behaviour, and as Mae Jabu is led to a grassy clearing the children become aware that something very odd is occurring down on the shoreline. Mae Jabu gently lifts some of the smallest children on to her back and then heads for the safety of the higher ground, with the keeper and the older children running anxiously beside her. The gigantic wave rolls in but the children have been saved by Mae Jabu, whose ‘sixth sense’ anticipated the disaster.

Vibrant illustrations and powerful text will see this book become a classic, a reminder of a miracle of survival in a terrible time.

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