After Eleonora is wounded by a poacher, life at the water hole cannot be the same. Based on a true story of a gamekeeper's favourite elephant, this story highlights the animals' qualities: their dignity, intelligence, loyalty and compassion.
"A compassionate account of the loss of an African elephant that is sure to pull heartstrings.
The herd's rituals of loyalty and respect allow us in to another world
unknown to humans. The illustrations in this book blend environmental
issues in science class with art class." - American Bookseller
"Eleonora is a poignant story of life at an African water hole
where animals gather to drink and play. The groom and roll in the mud
and eat marula berries. Baboons and warthogs come at dusk, but the
elephants arrive later to drink and socialize.The light, humorous tone
of Natascha Biebow's story changes abruptly, however, when the title
character arrives at the water hole wounded by a poacher. Even though
young children will be captivated by the unusual, colorful
illustrations, they may find Eleonora's death to be both disturbing and
difficult tounderstand. Children in intermediate grades will more likely
appreciatethis moving picture of elephants' dignity, intelligence,
andsurprisingly human-like loyalty towards their dying friend. Eleonora presents a touching example of the precarious position endangered animals that will not easily be forgotten." - National Science Teachers' Association
"Natascha Biebow's Elephants Never Forget pleases me enormously.
It's a simple and true story of elephant life and death; the text is
slow and gentle, marvelously matched by Britta Teckentrup's spacious
clear-aired and utterly African painting. It shows beautifully the
extent of elephants' dignity, loyalty and family feeling." - Books for Keeps