Catherine Chambers The Elephants' Ears

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The Elephants' Ears

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In an original fable of how the African and Indian elephants find their homelands, Palo and Mala, brother and sister elephants, grow up to develop very different characters, and when it is time for them to go out into the world, their mother worries about how they will find happiness. Reprint.

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Catherine Chambers was born in Australia, spent her childhood in England and has also lived in Nigeria and Portugal. After completing a degree in Swahili and African history at SOAS, University of London, Catherine went on to become an editor of educational books for Africa and the Caribbean. She draws her inspiration from her sons, her husband's photographs and her travels.

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Palo and Mala are brother and sister elephants with the same round, cozy shapes, but Palo has petite ears and Mala wide ones. As the two elephants grow, their mother notices other differences. Palo likes to sit quietly; Mala runs. Palo sleeps peacefully; Mala is restless. Mala rolls in the mud; Palo gathers food. When it's time to make their way in the world, Mother Elephant worries. She enlists the help of an eagle who finds two perfect pieces of land, one in the shape of Palo's ear and another in the shape of Mala's. The elephants find happiness: Palo, in India, carrying small children and clearing paths; Mala, in Africa, finding food and protecting her calves. The childlike illustrations reinforce the theme: siblings have their own unique personalities. Thickly applied warm and cool colors and shapes outlined in black, create a sense of security in this beautifully conceived fable. A note about African and Indian elephants is appended. Shelley Townsend-Hudson

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