By School Library Journal
Ted Lewin’s brilliant, realistic watercolors capture the sun-drenched pageantry of Mysore as well as the dusty, filtered light of the forest, while Betsy Lewin’s lively cartoons aptly depict the action and personalities involved. The story has pathos and tension, and the Lewins’ narration takes readers into the forest, to the grounds of the maharaja’s pale palace, along the parade route, and eye-to-eye with the majestic animals. Facts about elephants and brief biographies of some of the royal elephants are a welcome addition, and a glossary–with pronunciation help–is provided. If the art doesn’t grab chidren, the elephants surely will. Wonderful.
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