Book Review : The Elephant Bird

Terry Hong reviews our book ‘The Elephant Bird’ on BookDragon. BookDragon is a new media initiative of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC).

The underdog overpowers her detractors. Check! 

The unjustly accused is publicly exonerated. Check! 

An unexpected friendship repairs foolhardy mistrust. Check! 

Girl power saves all! Check! 

Surely that sounds like just the superhero adventure tale you want to share with your kiddies! 

Author Arefa Tehsin – deemed an “honorary Wildlife Warden of Udaipur” – empowers, cheers, and rewards with her feel-good story of loyalty and truth. Artists Sumit and Sonal’s Gond-style art (a distinct, tribal folk art form originating from the Gondi or Gond community indigenous to Central India) capture Munia and her adventures in brilliant colors, and imaginative whimsy, inviting young readers to explore patterns and shapes, as well as appreciate unexpected details (that tiny brown mouse is never, ever far from all the action). The interactive possibilities makes this a book that keeps on giving … 

Here’s an empowering reminder that the most unlikely superheroes are the ones who are best at making everyday magic …


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