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A Girl and her Elephant: A Young Adult Adventure Novel (The Animal Companions Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- File size : 2554 KB
- Publication date : August 7, 2018
- Print length : 172 pages
- Publisher : Red Empress Publishing (August 7, 2018)
- ASIN : B07D3V71RP
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,911 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is set in Siam during colonial times, and while the restrictions Kanita confronts are perhaps unique to her culture and class, they are universal in a larger sense and easily translatable into the reader's own culture.
As a small child Kanita bonds with the orphaned baby elephant Safi. At age 16, efforts to separate them and send Kanita into an unwanted marriage lead the two to take off into the world to find a new life.
This leads to a series of adventures in which Kanita learns a great deal about who she is and wants to be.
The conclusion is especially satisfying.
The author has other books coming up about girls in other Asian countries bonding with a Panda and a Tiger as part of her Animal Companion Series.
Gong is a very creative writer and a talent to watch.
The stories are clean, and the violence and hardships faced are suitable for children. Less violent than The Call of the Wild, which is a good book for children of all ages. I found Ms. Gong's books on Booksprout. Minor editing needed, but nothing distracting, and these books are actually better edited than what passes for edited nowadays. 5 stars.
A Girl and Her Elephant - Interesting, likable characters that have honor and try to do the right thing in the face of adversities. Safi has a wonderful personality. Emotional, smooth flowing and well written filled with suspense and plenty of love and determination. 5*
A Girl and Her Panda - Another heart wrenching story that easily makes the tears flow, but leaves heartwarming feelings. The emotions run the gamut as this story flows through the pages leaving the reader immersed in this heartbreaking story. Again, the characters are interesting and likable, and filled with determination in the face of great adversity. PanPan is an amazing personality. 5*
A Girl and Her Tiger - I found this story a bit unrealistic, main character wise. Her actions are impulsive and emotional, therefore, not thinking of the consequences from her actions, and she does bring destruction in her wake. Her relationship with the tiger is wonderful, but she's dangerous for the tiger also. This story doesn't seem to have the flow of Elephant and Panda, and it was difficult to accept her when she was really out of control.
She does persevere through many ordeals and shows her fighting spirit and determination. The real British influence on her India blows her mind completely after trying to bring a British criminal to justice. She should grow up to be a major force, if she can overcome her emotions and let logic rule. I know India's history and culture and this book rings true on the history. 4*
While Kanita is bathing Safi she realizes that she is a white elephant like her mother. White elephants are considered sacred but Safi is borne with a birthmark on her face which in the village is considered a bad omen and must be killed. Kanita has come to care for the little elephant very much and begs her father to let her keep him. Reluctantly and against the king’s orders he agrees.
When Kanita is sixteen years old an older man comes wanting to marry her. Kanita doesn’t want to marry this old man or anyone but what choice does she have when her father agrees and accepts his proposal.
Before the wedding can take place Chakri informs Kanita that she can’t keep Safi and that she must be killed by order of the king. Not knowing what to do run off into the jungle with her beloved elephant and friend Safi.
Kanita made a promise a long time ago that she would take care of Safi and keep her safe and that is exactly what she plans to do. Kanita soon realizes she didn’t plan well enough as she becomes hungry and thirsty. As Kanita and Safi make their way through the jungle Kanita tries to come up with a plan to save Safi. What is a girl to do? How can she prove to the people that Safi is not a curse?
When I saw A Girl and Her Elephant I wanted to read it right away as for some reason I love elephants. I went to a circus once and saw elephants preforming and when I saw them they seem to look so sad. It made me think that elephants don’t belong in captivity. They belong in the jungle where they can roam free. I have never forgotten that day and have loved elephants ever since and that is why I had to read A Girl and Her Elephant.
A Girl and Her Elephant will stay with for a very long time. I hope forever. This is one book I hope to never forget. Elephants are very smart creatures who never forget anything. Safi seemed to care a whole lot for Kanita and protected her just as much as Kanita protected her. Kanita and Safi grew up together and became close friends with a bond that could never be broken. Now that is true friendship.
A Girl and Her Elephant was a very fast read that kept me glued to my seat wondering where Kanita and Safi were going next and where they would end up. There was a few times where I was wondering if they were going to make it out or not.
I would recommend A Girl and Her Elephant to anyone who loves a great story young and old alike. A Girl and Her Elephant has been an amazing journey for me. I can’t wait to check out more of this authors works.