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When Anju Loved Being an Elephant [Hardcover]

Wendy Henrichs , John Butler

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Sept. 1 2011

Growing up on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with its cooling lakes and refreshing mud holes, Anju loved being an elephant. Loving cared for and proetected by her mother and herd family, there was nowhere else Anju would rather be.
That all changed when she was stolen and sold to an American circus. Anju spends decades traveling across the country, entertaining crowds. After the circus, she's then moved to a small zoo for 23 years, their lone elephant. Anju no longer loved being an elephant. She was old and tired. Will Anju ever love being an elephant again?

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Wendy Henrich's love of animals expresses itself in the stories she writes for children. In researching elephants, she was struck by their deep family connections and emotional needs so closely resembling those of humans. Wendy lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

John Butler has illustrated more than 40 children's books, including A Mama for Owen, the true story of the African baby hippo that, separated from his mother during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, bonded with a giant tortoise. John lives in England.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good ending for Anju Sept. 20 2011
By Writing Mom - Published on Amazon.com
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My 6 y.o.'s review of this book: I really loved this book. I liked when Anju snuggled as a baby. I laughed at Anju in a circus hat. I was surprised when the rest of the herd came to Anju and one snuggled with her at the end of the book. I learned that elephants live a long time.

Here's my review: This is an enjoyable book to read to your children. The prose is lyrical and tells about the typical life of captive elephants. The ending of this book is satisfying, not only to the reader, but also to the main character. The author lists "elephant facts" at the end of the book as well as ways the readers can help elephants. The illustrations are beautiful and contribute to Anju's story. Kids will enjoying spotting the bunnies, spider, and birds sprinkled throughout the pages.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A touching read... Dec 22 2011
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Henrichs has a knack for lyrical prose and wonderful pacing. While fiction, the story aligns with many similar tales of how truly brilliant elephants are by nature. As a young elephant, Anju lumbers happily in her familiy's jungle region. One day that changes. Anju is stolen and sold to a circus, and the years pass. Now ready for retirement, a kind caretaker knows just what Anju needs. This peaceful narrative has a happy ending, beautiful illustrations, and a hopeful message. And, like an elephant, you'll remember this story long after it's read.
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book and so do all 4 of my great nieces and nephews Dec 31 2013
By Glenda J McGaughey - Published on Amazon.com
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What a great story… One of the books the kids pick out to read over and over again and one I don’t mind reading over and over again!
5.0 out of 5 stars Captures the Tender Impulses of Friendship May 20 2013
By Linda Egenes - Published on Amazon.com
I have read many amazing picture books, but few touch my heart the way When Anju Loved Being an Elephant by Wendy Henrichs did. Through the story of Anju, we learn how an elephant might feel who remembers being free and being surrounded by her friends and family, but now is alone. This touching tale has a happy ending as Anju is transported to an elephant preserve and meets her long-lost friend. Based on true incidents of elephant friendships that spanned decades, the story of Anju is written in lyrical and poetic prose that captures the rhythms of the train as Anju travels across the country to her new home, the tender impulses of her lonely heart, and the joy of friendship. With lovely original art, this is a fabulous gift for any animal-loving child (or parent!).
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Jan. 12 2013
By Connie - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice book for kids. A great gift. Has a warm approach to animal feelings which children can identify with and understand. Beautiful illustrations.

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