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Summary: Little Tembo is a baby elephant. Standing on the plain, she hears her grandmother Bibi calling everyone to follow her to find water. Tembo gets distracted first by the jackalberry tree, then by the stork, then the shade. Each time seemingly left behind by Bibi and the family. She wakes to hear the lions snorting in the grass ... will Bibi remember to come find her? This picture book shares a family story with true facts about elephants embedded in it.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 10
Reading Level: 2.6
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a beautifully illustrated story. I love its rhythm (without having rhyme). Tembo is an elephant little ones will relate to - and they'll also celebrate Tembo's love for her mother, aunt, and grandmother.
Pros: An adorable baby elephant and beautiful illustrations will draw readers of all ages to this heartwarming story.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. This is a book that would make a lovely gift for a grandparent.
Educational Themes: When you go to the last page, you learn a lot about elephants and how their families are structured. This is something you can share with older readers / listeners, including pulling out the globe to see where Bibi and Tembo live.
Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.