Harry and the Wounded Elephant

Children - Animals
151 Pages
Reviewed on 01/08/2014
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Harry and the Wounded Elephant by J. Robinson is, as the title suggests, Harry's encounter with a wounded elephant. The story describes how Harry becomes the elephant's friend and details his life as a wood cutter. The dark part in the book is when his greedy foster mother and other conniving men try to trap the elephant for money. Harry takes you on an enjoyable journey along with the elephant, the shepherds who come to the forest with their cattle, and the treating and taming of the wounded elephant.

The story is attractive to young readers because it takes them on a visual journey into the forest and gives them a peek of what is there. The animals, rivers, trees, and forest life will all captivate a young audience. The story has many exciting moments, apart from the wounded elephant, as well as a concept and an educational theme. Children can learn about many animals. The underlying message of love for all living beings is subtly conveyed by the author.

Books of this type will benefit school libraries because it is so easy to teach children about animals. The story is nice and narrated in a very neat and elegant manner. The theme is excellent and the messages are educational with a good moral. All the characters in the story support the main characters of Harry and the elephant very well.