The Boy and the Elephant

Publication Date: 3 Nov. 2021
Format: Hardback

ISBN 9781460759998

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    The boy lives in a city, where everything is fast and loud. But amidst the bustle and the noise, the boy has a secret ...

    In the overgrown lot next to his apartment building, deep within the green, he has a friend.

    But one day progress arrives, bringing with it plans for something new, and the boy must find a way to save his friend before it’s too late ...

    From award-winning illustrator and storyteller Freya Blackwood comes a magical and tender wordless picture book about the world we live in and our ability to change it.

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    Book Type: Picture Books
    Age Group: 3 years +
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    Class Novel: No
    Good Reads Rating: /5
    Literary Rating: /5


    A young boy is surrounded by a busy city, where everything is loud and noisy and a little lonely. The only exception is the vacant block next to his house. There, the boy has a secret…and a friend: a small patch of trees that looks like an elephant.

    Seasons change, and the boy and his ‘elephant’ friend spend their days happily playing. But one day a crew of workers arrive, intending to tear down the trees and pave the empty lot.

    Devastated, the boy tries to help his leafy friends escape, to no avail. But, after all seems lost, something miraculous happens: all the trees leave the empty lot! The boy’s friends have escaped to the boy’s schoolyard, preserving a little slice of calm sweetness in the bustling, noisy city.

    This wordless picture book tells a sweet story about friendship, doing your best, and appreciating the slower, simpler things in life.

    The soft watercolour and pencil illustrations are beautifully detailed, contrasting the tranquil beauty of the empty lot with the hustle and bustle of the city.

    The simple story is presented very clearly through these illustrations and holds at its heart a very strong message of the beauty of nature, the importance of quiet time, and the preservation of green spaces in urban settings.


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