The information on the very first page grabs one's attention - A one-day old baby elephant, Lai Lai, is three feet tall and weighs one hundred kilos. Wow!
Page after page, the author succinctly describes the life and growth of an elephant from birth to adulthood. The bond between the mother and the baby. Why elephants have mud-baths, (no, they are not wanting to get dirty, but instead are trying to protect themselves from pesky insects!). Who is a tusker? Who is the leader of the herd? And, why do the big lumbering animals travel from place to place? And how incursions of human habitation on corridors connecting the jungles creates problems for both Man and Beasts
All that and more in this delightful bi-lingual book. The text has been illuminated by delightful black and white photographs that give a feel of actually being there in the jungle.
A must have for schools and for parents who want to introduce their children to Indian wildlife in general, and elephants, in particular.