In Elephants Remember, author and illustrator Jennifer O’Connell writes of Lawrence Anthony’s remarkable journey to save a herd of wild elephants from imminent death. When Lawrence received that initial request for help, he knew he wasn’t equip for the challenge. Being the owner of a wild-animal reserve in Zululand, South Africa, didn’t necessarily make him fit for the job. Despite his reservations, he accepted, and in the days to follow, spent hours gaining the trust of the incorrigible matriarch and her wary herd. In time, he was able to develop a deep relationship with them, one that became especially prominent in his passing.
This is a wondrous story of love, commitment, determination, and companionship. It highlights the impact of a single individual and is beautifully written and illustrated. It will undoubtedly captivate young minds. Animal-enthusiasts and conservationists ages seven to twelve will likely count it among their favorites. They’ll find it inspiring and heartwarming, especially those who have a soft spot for these miraculous creatures. What they do in response to Lawrence’s death is astounding and a true testament to their ability to bond with human beings. They’re capabilities are indeed amazing.