Ten-year-old Tua--Thai for "peanut"--has everything she needs at home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, except for one thing she's always wanted: a sister. In the market one day, Tua makes an accidental acquaintance--one with wise, loving eyes, remarkable strength, and a very curious trunk. And when Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it's clear this elephant needs her help. Together, the unusual team sets off on a remarkable journey to escape from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling night market to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and finally, to the sanctuary of an elephant refuge, this clever girl and her beloved companion find that right under their noses is exactly what each has been searching for: a friend.
About the Author
Taeeun Yoo has illustrated many books for young readers, including "So Many Days" and "Only A Witch Can Fly", both by Alison McGhee. Her first picture book, "The Little Red Fish", was awarded the Society of Illustrators' 2007 Founders Award. Her most recent, "Here Is the Baby", was a "New York Times" Best Illustrated Book. Taeeun studied Korean brush painting at Hong Ik University in South Korea and attended graduate school in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She divides her time between Seoul and New York City. Visit her at TaeeunYoo.com.
" A charming story sure to capture the hearts of young readers" - School Library Journal
"Charming" - Education.com
"Pure adventure. " - The New York Times
"Enchanting. . . A strong read-aloud choice. " - Shelf Awareness for Readers, starred review
"A rousing adventure." - Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
"A gem! - ReadKiddoRead.com