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The Elephant Keeper

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When teenaged Aaron discovers a baby elephant nearly drowning in the swimming pool at the guest lodge where he works, he acts quickly and manages to save the animal just in time. The rescued baby is brought to an elephant orphanage for care, and given the name Zambezi. Though Aaron has been raised to think of elephants as dangerous to humans and their crops, on a visit to the orphanage, he learns that illegal poaching of these animals is threatening them with extinction, and the orphanage is trying to prevent that from happening. And when Aaron is offered a job at the orphanage, his life is suddenly transformed, as he discovers a bond of friendship with Zambezi and his lifelong vocation as an elephant keeper.#Inspired by the real-life Aaron and Zambezi at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery in Zambia, author Margriet Ruurs has created a moving story that powerfully demonstrates the plight of endangered animals everywhere. Pedro Covo’s stunning illustrations add a level of depth and haunting beauty to the story and the animals. Three nonfiction spreads interspersed throughout the story explore facts about elephants, ivory poaching and elephant orphanages. The back of the book contains ways children can help endangered wildlife. Useful tools include a table of contents and a glossary. This beautifully illustrated nonfiction book spans the curriculum, from life sciences to global awareness to environmental stewardship. It also offers a unique perspective for character education lessons on empathy, caring and responsibility on a larger scale.

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When teenaged Aaron discovers a baby elephant nearly drowning in the swimming pool at the guest lodge where he works, he acts quickly and manages to save the animal just in time. The rescued baby is brought to an elephant orphanage for care, and given the name Zambezi. Though Aaron has been raised to think of elephants as dangerous to humans and their crops, on a visit to the orphanage, he learns that illegal poaching of these animals is threatening them with extinction, and the orphanage is trying to prevent that from happening. And when Aaron is offered a job at the orphanage, his life is suddenly transformed, as he discovers a bond of friendship with Zambezi and his lifelong vocation as an elephant keeper.#Inspired by the real-life Aaron and Zambezi at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery in Zambia, author Margriet Ruurs has created a moving story that powerfully demonstrates the plight of endangered animals everywhere. Pedro Covo’s stunning illustrations add a level of depth and haunting beauty to the story and the animals. Three nonfiction spreads interspersed throughout the story explore facts about elephants, ivory poaching and elephant orphanages. The back of the book contains ways children can help endangered wildlife. Useful tools include a table of contents and a glossary. This beautifully illustrated nonfiction book spans the curriculum, from life sciences to global awareness to environmental stewardship. It also offers a unique perspective for character education lessons on empathy, caring and responsibility on a larger scale.

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Hardcover, eBook

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Reading Levels

    lexile level
  • 880L

  • guided reading
  • S

  • guided reading grade level
  • 4

AWARDS & REVIEWS

Reviews

"A moving and unforgettable true story ..."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review, 21/08/2017

"… Ruurs’s narrative builds a strong emotional connection between readers and the subject—this is a tale designed to pull at the heartstrings of readers."

School Library Journal, 01/09/2017

"... heartfelt, sensitive, and inspiring."

Booklist, 11/10/2017

"Ruurs’ book gives compelling insight into the efforts to preserve a unique and appealing species and of the attempts to mitigate the threats from increasing human encounters."

CM Magazine, 15/11/2017

Awards

  • 2019 - Diamond Willow Award, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards, Finalist

  • 2019 - Just One More Page! Recommendation List, WSRA Children’s Literature Committee, Listed

  • 2019 - Silver Birch Express Award, Ontario Library Association, Nominated

  • 2018 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

  • 2018 - Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Winner

  • 2018 - Chocolate Lily Award, Skipping Stones Magazine, Short-listed

  • 2018 - Skipping Stones Honor List, International Literacy Association, Winner

  • 2018 - Teachers' Choices List, California Reading Association, Winner

  • 2017 - Eureka! Gold Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

  • 2017 - OLA Best Bets, , Winner

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