By MultiCultural Review

With the stunning color pictures by the Caldecott Honor winning husband and wife author-illustrator world travelers’ team, Balarama invites readers into the story of how trained elephants of Southern India, especially lead elephants used in Dasara Festivities are raised and trained for ceremonial final parades. . . . The beauty of the book lies in its two different styles of illustrations on Strathmore Bristol board, capturing traditional color and designs. Ted’s full-page illustrations are in watercolor. Betsy’s spot illustrations are in reed pen and sumi ink with watercolor washes. The book is recommended as a cultural exploration for librarians and anyone interested in elephants and India.