Published By: Katha
Story: Meenakshi Bharadwaj
Illustrations: Christopher Corr
Of course, Amma would whack me with her trunk if I was naughty!
In a Sentence: Aan, an elephant calf’s journey from birth to adulthood in the jungles of theWestern Ghats.
What is it About: Readers learn about elephants by following Aan’s antics, his feeding habits, his days, his herd, his place in the herd, and the things he does with his trunk! And of course, how he gets thrown out of the cow herd by the matriarch, Dadi Rani, because well, he is growing up into a fine handsome bull, the coming of age for our hero! Also, some interesting elephant-trivia at he end of the book.
What makes it snuggly: Aan’s playfulness, and the relationship he shares with his sister, Megha.
What Stands Out: The book is bound at the top, giving the artist the freedom to work with all the vertical space available. It also makes for an interesting calendar-like experience for the child.
Will be best enjoyed by: Elephant lovers, animal lovers. For the rare breed of kids that doesn’t fancy animal tales much, this is a good way to introduce them to how animals behave in their natural habitat.
From snuggly to snugglier: Kids can come up with their own list of ‘trunk-tasks’ – things they would do with their trunks, if they had one!
Ha Ha! Quotient: 3
Touches The Heart Quotient: 3
Cuts Through The Clutter Quotient: 3
Visual Appeal: 4
Thank God it’s not moral science: 4
Hey, this is a really important book!: 3