The World’s Loneliest Elephant
by Ralph Fletcher
illustrated by Naoko Stoop
Christy Ottaviano Books
A heartwarming true story about Kaavan the elephant, his unlikely bond with singer and activist Cher, and his rescue by veterinarian and animal rights crusader Dr. Amir Khalil.
Kaavan grew up in captivity in a Pakistani zoo. For years, he lived in poor conditions with only one friend, an elephant named Saheli. After Saheli died, Kaavan was overcome by grief and his health worsened. When animal rights activists around the world were alerted to Kaavan’s deteriorating condition, Dr. Amir Khalil visited the elephant to see what could be done.
Thanks to the virality of Kaavan’s story–and with the publicity and fundraising efforts of pop culture icon Cher–Dr. Khalil was able to orchestrate moving Kaavan to a wildlife sanctuary in Cambodia, where he now lives with other elephants. Because of the care and help of so many, Kaavan is no longer the world’s loneliest elephant. And that is the best news of all.
Twilight Comes Twice
by Ralph Fletcher Illustrated by Kate Kiesler
Poetic prose describes dusk and dawn and some of the activities that take place at those special times.Free-verse text describes the transition from day to night and from night to day, revealing the magic in these everyday moments.
Hello, Harvest Moon
by Ralph Fletcher
While tired farmers and their families are in bed, the harvest moon silently climbs into the sky and starts working its magic. For some, it is the nightly signal to rise and shine. It is time to hunt, to work, or to play in the shadows. For a little girl and her cat, it is an invitation to enjoy the wonders of the night and a last flood of light before the short days of winter set in. With an evocative text and radiant illustrations, this companion to Twilight Comes Twice offers a glimpse of nature’s nightlife long after bedtime.