The Elephant in the Tree
Mallika Nagarajan
age group: 
5+ yrs
Number of pages: 
trees nature and wildlife elephants conservation
picture book, fiction, fantasy


A delightfully illustrated story, that is very much the need of the hour. What with trees fast vanishing from our planet and water tables getting affected, life may soon become unsustainable on planet Earth.

Airavat, a seven-trunked elephant, approaches little Mahi to help him save the Tree of Life from which springs all life. Owing to lack of water caused by the destruction of the forests, the tree was dying. The two of them get to work planting trees. As soon as there are enough trees, the water table rises, clouds gather and ‘Round raindrops shimmering with all the colours of the rainbow start to fall around them.’ The Tree of Life is restored to it’s former glory. And with it all of nature!

The simple text and expressive pictures with a lot of details will make children want to look at the book over and over again, each time noticing something new and exciting - a monkey on a tree, a snake coiled on the branch of a tree, tiny butterflies and more.

What a delightful way to deliver this strong message of conservation to kids!

Reviewed by Shamim Padamsee