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When teenaged Aaron discovers a baby elephant nearly drowning in the swimming pool at the guest lodge where he works, he acts quickly and manages to save the animal just in time. The rescued baby is brought to an elephant orphanage for care, and given the name Zambezi. Though Aaron has been raised to think of elephants as dangerous to humans and their crops, on a visit toWhen teenaged Aaron discovers a baby elephant nearly drowning in the swimming pool at the guest lodge where he works, he acts quickly and manages to save the animal just in time. The rescued baby is brought to an elephant orphanage for care, and given the name Zambezi. Though Aaron has been raised to think of elephants as dangerous to humans and their crops, on a visit to the orphanage, he learns that illegal poaching of these animals is threatening them with extinction, and the orphanage is trying to prevent that from happening. And when Aaron is offered a job at the orphanage, his life is suddenly transformed, as he discovers a bond of friendship with Zambezi and his lifelong vocation as an elephant keeper.Inspired by the real-life Aaron and Zambezi at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery in Zambia. Three nonfiction spreads interspersed throughout the story explore facts about elephants, ivory poaching and elephant orphanages. The back of the book contains ways children can help endangered wildlife....

Title : The Elephant Keeper: Caring for Orphaned Elephants in Zambia
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ISBN : 9781771385619
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 48 Pages
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The Elephant Keeper: Caring for Orphaned Elephants in Zambia Reviews

  • Carla Johnson-Hicks
    2019-05-11 01:35

    There are so many endangered animals in our world today, there need to be more books like this one. When Aaron, a young boy finds a young elephant trying not to drown in the pool at the lodge where he works, he jumps into action. The baby elephant is flailing around and will surely drown if he isn't helped. Aaron gets some help and together with some men and another boy, they rescue the baby elephant. The elephant is taken to a local elephant orphanage to be taken care of. When Aaron goes home, the villagers who have heard of the rescue are angry at Aaron. In their village, elephants eat their crops and kill humans. They do not understand why Aaron save one of them. When Aaron visits the young elephant at the orphanage, he is surprised to see them playing and the humans around them are not afraid of them. He sits with little Zambezi, feeds him from a bottle and sits with him. When the other keepers see how natural he is caring for this little elephant, they offer him a job. This story is based on a true story about a boy and the elephant that he rescued. There are also many facts included about elephants and the dangers from poaching and destroying their habitat. There are resources included at the back as well as a glossary. A great book for any school library and to be used as a resource when learning about endangered species. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  • Laura (Book Scrounger)
    2019-05-12 00:37

    The Elephant Keeper is a very thorough picture book with beautiful illustrations of Zambian landscapes, people, and of course elephants. This book is based on a true story about a boy named Aaron who finds an orphaned elephant struggling for its life in the pool of his workplace one morning. After rescuing it, he becomes invested in what happens to it, but also has to wrestle with his own fears as he has been taught that elephants are very dangerous creatures.This book constructs a detailed narrative that follows Aaron to an elephant orphanage where he continues to observe and care for baby Zambezi (named after the river). The story is interspersed with an occasional informational section with photos and facts about elephants and their environments, as well as the organizations and systems in place to help orphaned elephants. There is a lot of information here, and this is an element of conservation I did not know much about, so I appreciate the opportunity to read this story and especially to get a glimpse into the lives of these "elephant keepers."(Thanks to NetGalley for the review copy.)

  • Jason Stanley
    2019-04-27 02:36

    Margriet Ruurs and Pedro Covo give a fresh look at some of the planet’s largest land mammals – the elephant.Ruurs brings to the pages the real-life story of a Zambian boy Aaron who discovers an infant elephant in the Lion’s Lodge swimming pool. Thanks to Aaron’s attentiveness and efforts, the young elephant is rescued and taken to a local elephant orphanage.While this children’s book, great for readers ages 5-9, tells a real-life story, it also includes double-page spreads with helpful information. These pages teach children about elephant biology, the orphanage, and the endangered status of these majestic animals.Covo’s mixed-media paintings are truly works of art. In addition to the great African landscapes, the art communicates alongside the narrative.The Elephant Keeper is a moving story is a great addition to any library, at home or school. It is a helpful teaching tool in helping children understand the negative impact humans’ choices have on wildlife.Read more at

  • Carrie
    2019-04-29 04:50

    A beautiful book, both through its story and illustrations. It is based on the true story of an orphaned elephant and the story behind a boy named Aaron and how he became an elephant keeper. Bezi, the small elephant, gets trapped in a swimming pool and Aaron heroically saves her and nurses her back to health. Throughout the story you will find pages of facts about these beautiful creatures and the men that help take care of them. There is even a page of how you can help get involved. I am very excited to read this book to my little one. If only we had more books like this one to teach the next generation to care and how to live in harmony with nature.A goodreads giveaway winner!

  • Linda V
    2019-05-07 08:27

    Thank you Net Galley for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.In Aaron's village, elephants are seen as dangerous and a threat to their crops. When Aaron rescues a baby elephant he begins to question what he has been taught. With the help of experts at an elephant orphanage, he learns to care for the baby and gains a different perspective.The book has gorgeous illustrations, which follow Aaron's story, interspersed with photographs of elephants and facts that support the story. I loved this book and the beautiful message of compassion and caring for elephants.

  • Becky B
    2019-05-10 05:25

    When a young man named Aaron finds a young elephant in danger in a swimming pool, he jumps to the rescue even though elephants are viewed as pesky and dangerous creatures by his village. It turns out the little elephant is an orphan so workers from an elephant orphanage are called in to take care of the exhausted little pachyderm. Curious, Aaron goes to visit Zambezi at the elephant orphanage and finds himself offered a job caring for Zambezi and other new orphan elephants. Can a boy who was raised to hate elephants help save them? Interspersed with the story are facts about elephants, elephant orphanages, and rehabilitation practices. In the back of the book is further information on the real Aaron and Zambezi and how readers can get involved themselves to help orphan elephants and other endangered wildlife.What makes this story all the more powerful is the fact that Aaron is a real person and Zambezi is a real elephant (though their story may not have played out exactly as portrayed in the book). They definitely provide great inspiration to help endangered animals in the world, and Aaron’s perspective helps readers understand a little bit of the other side of the poaching issue. I liked the illustration style for the story parts, and it really helps that the factual tidbits on elephants between chapters of the story are done with real photos so readers easily transition back and forth between the two. I especially appreciate that the book includes ways for readers to get involved themselves. Hand this to animal lovers, those studying modern Africa or endangered species, and especially those who can’t get enough elephants in their lives. I’ll definitely be adding Aaron & Zambezi’s story to our school library.I received an ARC of this title from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Becky
    2019-05-21 02:50

    A story of compassion and hope, not just for this young elephant orphan, but for the keeper as well. Aaron must help provide for his family after the death of his father. After rescuing a baby elephant, his new-found capability with elephants gives him the chance to give himself a career rather than run menial errands at the local inn. Aaron learns respect for the elephants and offers them great care.This picture book tells a wonderful story based upon a true life boy in Zambia. The story is engaging and is accompanied by insert pages of factual information on elephant development, poaching and elephant orphanages. My 9 year old loved reading this book right along with me and wouldn't go to bed until we finished!Thank you to Net Galley for the ARC of this book in return for my honest review.

  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    2019-04-24 00:53

    Ruurs, Margriet The Elephant Keeper: Caring for Orphaned Elephants in Zambia. PICTURE BOOK/INFORMATIONAL. Illustrated by Pedro Covo. CitizenKid (KidsCan), 2017. $19.Aaron’s village has always been afraid of the elephants, but when he sees one thrashing in the water of the resort swimming pool, he instinctively jumps in to save it. Afterwards he is offered a job at a nearby elephant rescue facility and grows to love the animals he used to fear.CitizenKids once again brings a real life story into a compelling book. For a picture book is it text heavy, but still engaging. There are also informational pages adding more depth to the story. This hybrid format makes this a rich resource that is worth taking the time to share.EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher

  • Tara
    2019-04-27 04:34

    I received this ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.When a young boy comes across a young elephant sinking in a pool he is surprised. The baby elephant is flailing around and will surely drown if he isn't helped. Together along with some men, the boy helps rescue the elephant. The elephant is taken to a local sanctuary where he is cared for. Elephants in the boys country are thought to be dangerous and bad for crops. When the boy visits the young elephant he learns about elephants and good. Based on a true story about a boy and the elephant that he rescued.

  • Amanda Sanders
    2019-05-16 07:31

    Aaron grew up seeing elephants as trouble. They ate the village crop and trampled plants and people. When Aaron saw an elephant in need, he jumped in to help. He left home to become an elephant keeper at an elephant orphanage. The story is well written and engaging. I had never heard of an elephant orphanage before. This is a great way to introduce children to other cultures and to emphasize the differences between Aaron's childhood and the reader's childhood. There are facts about elephants put in the story at random times. I think they would have been better left at the end.

  • Lisa Day
    2019-04-28 04:26

    My eight year old wasn't interested in reading this book. I think the amount of words on each page frightened him off. I almost didn't read it for the same reason, but I am glad I did as it is a beautiful story with lovely illustrations. There are also some photographs of elephants with information about them. I like that we got to see pictures of the real Aaron and Zambezi.

  • Jill Cd
    2019-05-16 03:44

    Living near this orphanage, I feel this book shares the warmth, care, and beauty shown to the elephants that live there. It is a wonderful story that embeds the kindness of the Zambian culture along with elephant facts. When read with students, it can be used as a call to action to help the elephants left on the planet.

  • Barbra
    2019-05-02 02:36

    When Aaron rescues a baby elephant from a resort pool he is determined to help with its rehabilitation. His care and concern leads to a job at the Lilayi Elephant Nursery. A wonderful story that highlights the sociability of elephants and the dangers these beautiful creatures are in.

  • Edward Sullivan
    2019-05-09 06:43

    A great story in the Citizen Kid series about an organization in Zambia that rescues and cares for orphaned elephants.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-11 00:27

    Narrative nonfiction telling the true story of Aaron, an elephant keeper in Zambia. Nonfiction text features: glossary, fact boxes, headings

  • Christine
    2019-05-10 02:25

    I wasn't wowed by the story, but this book has beautiful illustrations by a debut illustrator.

  • Karen
    2019-04-30 04:30

    I loved the story and all of the factual details. The photographs are wonderful, but the artwork is stunning. Thank you for sharing their story!

  • Mary Librarian
    2019-05-09 08:49

    A mix of fact and fiction that introduces kids to the threats elephants face and those who are helping them.

  • Margriet
    2019-05-10 07:40