“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Tua and the Elephant. Written by R.P. Harris, Illustrated by TaeEun Yoo. Published by Chronicle Books, c. 2012.
Reading Level: 790L
Synopsis: Tua, a little girl from Chiang Mai, Thailand, tries to rescue a baby elephant that is being mistreated by men in her village. Tua decides to “steal” the little elephant and the village that adores her assists her through this adventurous story of friendship and community.
Rationale for classroom use: This is a good introduction for students who are beginning to read chapter books. There is great character development, plot, setting, and all other elements that are present in traditional literature.
Common Core Connection: Students can recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text. They will also describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.