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Trunk Full of Tales

Little Big EarsLittle Big Ears; The Story of Ely
By Cynthia Moss, Martyn Colbeck (Photographer)

I absolutely loved this book. I fell in love with newborn Ely and followed with heartfelt compassion, his struggle to rise onto his feet. His first three days were spent crippled because his front legs at the "wrists" would not straighten. Ely is a survivor and presents a good, true story of overcoming life-threatening triumph. He could barely nurse his first three days. He suffered in Africa's stifling heat, only able to hobble in bent legs after faithful, wise mother and sister.

Cynthia Moss is truly one of the great story tellers of our time, for any age group. Photographer Martyn Colbeck does his usual outstanding job of photographing elephant behavior. He portrays excellent footage of Ely and the family's daily activities and occasional struggles. Ely is so cute and so endearing, a person would have to be heartless not to fall in love with this curious and robust fellow. Ely's mischief is another wonderful portrayal of his personality and inner strength.

Wonderful photos abound in this lovely story of Ely (my favorite elephant of all time) and his first year. Children and adults alike will marvel at this young pachyderm's trials and fun times.

Reviewed by Marge Mueller

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Hardcover - 40 pages (January 1997)

Elephant Woman Elephant Woman : Cynthia Moss Explores the World of Elephants
by Laurence Pringle, Cynthia Moss (Contributor)

This book includes a story by Laurence Pringle about Cynthia Moss. Within the children's book are some of Moss's own astounding photographs that make this picture book / reader a nice companion book to many of the other great elephant books available.

Reading level: Ages 9-12
School & Library Binding - 48 pages (November 1997)
Atheneum; ISBN: 0689801424 ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.40 x 9.31

Echo of the Elephants : The Story of an Elephant Family
By Cynthia Moss, Martyn Colbeck (Photographer)

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