A gentle and beautiful story celebrating the life and work of The Elephant Mother. ‘Mother To Elephants: The Story of Daphne Sheldrick’ by R.G. de Rouen is a nonfiction picture book that highlights and celebrates the life and work of Daphne Sheldrick. Raised with her parents in Kenya, Daphne always loved animals and would care for them when injured or sick. As she grew up this didn’t change and the book tells us she worked in tandem with her husband’s anti-poaching efforts to help animals that were sick and orphaned. After a devastating loss they also discovered how to successfully hand rear even the youngest orphan so that they can grow up and be returned to the wild. A fascinating picture book with bright illustrations that will really bring this story to life for younger readers while also celebrating the important work of Daphne Sheldrick. I was fascinated as I read because I realised that I’m planning to visit the orphanage soon, so it was great to learn a little bit more about the brilliant woman behind it. This is a great little book for young animal lovers, delicately highlighting the problem of poaching and the threats that elephants face and also offering a collection of Elephant facts at the end. A really insightful and interesting book about the work to save and support the Elephants.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador