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What the Elephant Heard

Written by Charlotte Guillain

Illustrated by Sam Usher

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A beautiful non-fiction picture book that follows the story of a herd of African elephants

October 2021 Book of the Month

Follow a herd of elephants across the savannah as they trek to water, guided by the matriarch's memories of more verdant times gone by. Told in gentle rhyming verse, this is a follow-up to What Did the Tree See? from the same team. There is lots of extra non-fiction content on African elephants, the challenges of habitat loss and poaching, how rangers and elephant orphanages are helping, and what we can do to help too.


What the Elephant Heard Synopsis

Told in gentle rhyming verse, this beautiful non-fiction picture book follows the story of a herd of African elephants as they journey across the parched savannah in search for a water hole.

The matriarch tells of all the sounds of the savannah, and how the landscape has changed over the years. Still, she remembers where to find water, just as her mother did before her.

Accompanying non-fiction pages at the end of the book include information on African elephants, their family structure and migration patterns, as well as the challenges of climate change, habitat loss and illegal poaching, and what we as readers can do to help.

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ISBN: 9781913519087
Publication date: 30/09/2021
Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781913519087
Publication date: 30th September 2021
Author: Charlotte Guillain
Illustrator: Sam Usher
Publisher: Welbeck Publishing Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: General Fiction, Poetry, Animals
Recommendations: Books of the Month

About Charlotte Guillain

Charlotte Guillain writes fiction and non-fiction for children including the George's Amazing Adventures series, as featured on CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Her non-fiction picture book The Street Beneath My Feet was shortlisted for the UKLA Book Awards and selected by the Guardian as one of fifteen 'modern classics'.  

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