Tabu and the Dancing Elephants

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Synopsis: A vividly illustrated retelling of an African folktale concerns the Little Tabu and what happens when a friendly elephant carries him away from home.

From School Library Journal: PreSchool-K?"Long time gone in Africa there lived a man and a woman and their little baby." Mama Tandi works all day in the fields, leaving Papa Temba to watch Tabu. Temba, however, sleeps the day away and though the child is perfectly happy playing alone, to a mother elephant he looks "just like a lost calf," so she lifts him on her back and carries him away. Temba rushes off in a rage to find him, but without success. It is Tandi, and the music from her marimba, that spurs the herd to return Tabu to his parents. The story is told with a folktale cadence and onomatopoetic words. The double-page paintings are open and filled with warm earth tones. The human characters are smooth-faced and pleasant-looking, and though their world is somewhat idealized, it is not out of keeping with this gentle tale. The worry and fear is all on the parents' side, for the toddler is delighted with the animal and when she lifts him onto her back, "Twenty birds sang in his heart." Like many folktales, logic is not the main strength of the story. Why the elephants should want Tandi to play her marimba so they can dance and why this encourages them to return Tabu is not explained. The chief appeal of the book lies in the strong, accepting love depicted among the family members.?Karen James, Louisville Free Public Library,
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