Elephants Never Forget is written by Anushka Ravishankar and illustrated by Christiane Pieper. It’s the story of a small elephant that finds himself all alone, lost from his herd, deep in the jungle after a thunderstorm. The elephant looks for help from the monkeys, but they just throw coconuts at him. He starts to feel that all hope is lost, when he comes across the buffalo herd and they make him feel right at home. When his elephant herd comes back, the little elephant is faced with a difficult decision. Does he go with the elephants? Or should he stay with the buffalo?
Done in blues, creams, and black, the illustrations in this book accompany the story very nicely. The subtle rhyming technique is soothing, but the loud bellows of the buffalo and the toots of the elephants add some excitement to the story as well. This a nice selection to read aloud and with the soft, pretty illustrations it would be great for bedtime or naptime reading.