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  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Reprint edition (January 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599900319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599900315
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 12.6 x 18 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 45 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,137,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 27 2008
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is described as being for the 4-8 year-old group, it seemed to me more like a 7-9 year-old book that might well appeal more to boys than to girls (based on having had two of each in our family).

I was attracted to the book by realizing that the various animal-related stories that Alexander McCall Smith includes in his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books were among my favorite parts of those books. It occurred to me that the Akimbo books might have such stories in them.

Well, not quite . . . but the series is full of Akimbo learning about wild animals, the threats to animals from people, and deals with the problems through Akimbo's brave deeds. Children like to see themselves playing important roles in the world, and Akimbo and the Elephants is very good for appealing to that desire.

Akimbo's father works as a ranger at a game preserve in Africa where some near-by villagers have been killing elephants to take the tusks to sell to ivory carvers. Akimbo decides that he will put a stop to this practice, and his adventures provide for a good story that will keep your attention . . . even if you are well over the age of 9.

The book is nicely illustrated which adds to the realism of the story.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The Ethics and Morality of Ivory Poaching Oct. 20 2005
By Jon Linden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
In this short children's book, McCall Smith is as usual interested in ethics and morality. The book centers on Akimbo, a child of about 7 or 8 years of age. Akimbo becomes aware that there are people that poach Ivory, by killing elephants illegally and taking the tusks. Akimbo learns this when he and his father, a park ranger come upon a dead elephant and a live calf. Akimbo is bothered greatly by this situation. Not only is he bothered by the dead mother, but also by the calf left behind.

In discussing this with his father, Akimbo discovers that it is very, very difficult for poachers to be caught and brought to justice. He hatches a plan to do just that. His plan is to find out who the poachers are, and get proof of their illegal activity. Then to turn this information over to his father so the poachers can be brought to justice.

In effectuating his plan, Akimbo is exposed to considerable personal danger. Nonetheless, he decides that the unethical behavior of the poachers is worth the risk to his person. The story tells how Akimbo achieves this objective. The book is an excellent story for children and teaches not only ethics and morality, but also something about Africa and elephants and Ivory. It should be considered by all parents trying to show examples of ethical and unethical behavior to their young children. In addition, it shows the concept that one has the choice to act ethically, or to just sit it out and watch. Akimbo chooses the former rather than the later.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Akimbo Versus the Ivory Poachers May 27 2008
By Donald Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is described as being for the 4-8 year-old group, it seemed to me more like a 7-9 year-old book that might well appeal more to boys than to girls (based on having had two of each in our family).

I was attracted to the book by realizing that the various animal-related stories that Alexander McCall Smith includes in his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books were among my favorite parts of those books. It occurred to me that the Akimbo books might have such stories in them.

Well, not quite . . . but the series is full of Akimbo learning about wild animals, the threats to animals from people, and deals with the problems through Akimbo's brave deeds. Children like to see themselves playing important roles in the world, and Akimbo and the Elephants is very good for appealing to that desire.

Akimbo's father works as a ranger at a game preserve in Africa where some near-by villagers have been killing elephants to take the tusks to sell to ivory carvers. Akimbo decides that he will put a stop to this practice, and his adventures provide for a good story that will keep your attention . . . even if you are well over the age of 9.

The book is nicely illustrated which adds to the realism of the story.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
African Adventure for Children Jan. 24 2006
By Virginia Allain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
"Now, in his first books for children to be published in the U.S., he takes readers deep into the heart of Africa, where the grass grows taller than a man, and where lions and great elephants still roam. There, ten-year-old Akimbo lives with his father on the edge of a game reserve. Akimbo loves to join his father when he patrols the reserve because there is always something exciting to see. But when it comes to wild animals, excitement can also mean danger..." (description from publisher's website)
11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Lovely Story for Boys and Girls Oct. 7 2005
By Maggie L. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My 6 year old enjoyed this chapter book so much that we had to read the whole book in one sitting. Truth be told, I would have finished it that evening anyhow. This is a great story about a little boy who takes great personal risks to save elephants from poachers. Like other McCall-Smith books, it is filled with local culture and really gives one the feeling of being there...enjoy....
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Rating Akimbo and the Elephants June 9 2008
By Virginia Pocket - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think you should read this book because it is about a boy named Akimbo who lives in Africa. His mission is to save a lot of elephants. Akimbo travels 35 miles to prevent an entire herd of elephants from being shot solely for their ivory tusks. Ultimately, he rescues the elephants by tricking the poachers into the hands of the rangers. I personally think you should read this book because it is a fun and an easy to read book. It keeps you in suspense and gives you a sense of hope for our future.
by Virginia Pocket

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