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Balarama: A Royal Elephant

By Ted Lewin, Betsy Lewin
Illustrated by Ted Lewin, Betsy Lewin

Paperback: $11.95

Six Pack: $71.70

Elephants, the largest land animals on Earth, have long been a part of life throughout India. Some of these huge creatures are trained to do heavy work. Others perform in public festivals. When Ted and Betsy Lewin arrive in southern India to see the elephants, they are introduced to Drona, the Royal Elephant that leads the glorious procession on the last day of Dasara, a centuries-old festival celebrated each fall.

The Lewins are so enthralled with Drona that they decide to return the following year for Dasara. They arrive to find out that Drona has been in an accident and a new lead elephant, the majestic Balarama, has been chosen. This will be his first time carrying the golden howdah—a beautifully carved ceremonial carriage—in the grand finale parade of the Dasara festivities. All eyes will be on Balarama as he makes his debut.

With exciting narrative and vividly colored paintings, Ted and Betsy Lewin invite readers to meet the elephants up close and to participate in the wonderful spectacle of the last day of Dasara. This is an adventure no one will want to miss.

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Ted Lewin - Author, Illustrator

and his wife, Betsy, have been traveling the world together for decades and have chronicled many of their wide-ranging adventures in books for young readers. In addition to Puffling Patrol, their most recent collaborations were Balarama: A Royal Elephant and Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia, both published by Lee & Low Books.

Ted and Betsy have both won countless awards and honors for their books. Ted was awarded a Caldecott Medal Honor in 1994 for Peppe the Lamplighter. When not teaching, visiting with young fans, or traveling, the Lewins are usually drawing and painting in their Brooklyn, New York, home studios. You can visit Ted Lewin online at tedlewin.com

Thumb_thumb Betsy Lewin - Author, Illustrator

and her husband, Ted, have been traveling the world together for decades and have chronicled many of their wide-ranging adventures in books for young readers. In addition to Puffling Patrol, their most recent collaborations were Balarama: A Royal Elephant and Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia, both published by Lee & Low Books.

Ted and Betsy have both won countless awards and honors for their books. Betsy was the recipient of a Caldecott Medal Honor in 2001 for Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. When not teaching, visiting with young fans, or traveling, the Lewins are usually drawing and painting in their Brooklyn, New York, home studios. You can visit Betsy Lewin online at betsylewin.com

About This Title

ISBN

Hardcover: 9781600602658

Paperback: 9781620141861

Six Pack: 9781620142011

Awards

Texas Bluebonnet Masterlist
Texas Library Association (TLA)

Guided Reading:

R

Lexile:

NC910L

Interest Level:

Grades 1 - 6

Reading Level:

Grades 4 - 5

Themes

Animal/Biodiversity/Plant Adaptations, Nature/Science, Nonfiction, Overcoming Obstacles, Holidays/Traditions, Environment/Nature, Cultural Diversity, Coping with Death, Asian/Asian American Interest, Animals, Empathy/Compassion, Friendship, Geography, Informational Text, Pride, India

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