ACHUKA Book of the Day 30 Sep 2021
“Many years ago I cam across the book ‘Elephant Bin’ in a second-hand bookshop in Falmouth. The story of Bandoola resonated with me not just because of its incredible visual potential but because it had an important message too… Bandool’a story made me realise that elephants are not only big and beautiful, but they can be courageous and trusting too.” William Grill
As always with Flying Eye books, this title has been lovingly designed and produced — and printed in Poland, not in China.
When a world war comes to Myanmar (Burma), one special elephant becomes a hero. As people are forced to leave their home in the Burmese jungle, Bandoola, his keeper Po Toke and war veteran James Howard Williams (Aka Elephant Bill), undertake a journey that will test their courage, taking trust, understanding and bravery to the very limit. Together, they lead a group of 53 elephants and over 200 refugees to safety, scaling 6000ft mountains as they trek from Myanmar to northern India.
William Grill’s distinctive and deceptively simple crayon-style illustrations show the majesty of Myanmar’s forests and mountains, the backdrop to a heart-warming tale about empathy between humans and animals, and the strength that can arise from working together when the world is full of danger.
William Grill won the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2015 for Shackleton’s Journey
He followed this up with The Wolves of Currampaw set in the plains of New Mexico in the dying days of the old west:
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