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Tarra & Bella : The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends
by Carol Buckley


Overview - Best friends come in all shapes and sizes

After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained independent? until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Best friends come in all shapes and sizes

After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained independent? until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella.

It was love at first sight as this unlikely duo became inseparable. They ate together, slept together, and even understood each other's language. And when Bella suffered a severe spinal injury, Tarra stayed by her side and was there for her until Bella regained her health.

Brilliant color photographs of Tarra and Bella at home in the Elephant Sanctuary deftly illustrate this inspiring story of companionship, and an informative note about the Sanctuary provides a great resource for parents and teachers.


 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780399254437
  • ISBN-10: 0399254439
  • Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons
  • Publish Date: September 2009
  • Page Count: 32
  • Reading Level: Ages 3-5
  • Dimensions: 10.2 x 10.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Animals - Elephants
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Animals - Dogs
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Social Topics - Friendship

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 53.
  • Review Date: 2009-08-10
  • Reviewer: Staff

With a conversational narrative and copious photographs, Buckley, cofounder and executive director of Tennessee’s Elephant Sanctuary, spotlights the true-life friendship between an unlikely pair of animals. Following in the footsteps of hippo and tortoise duo Owen and Mzee, Tarra, a retired circus elephant who needed “elephant friends and lots of room to roam,” and Bella, one of the sanctuary’s stray dogs, forge an immediate and strong bond. In one poignant scenario, Tarra stands guard by the ditch where an injured Bella is lying until sanctuary workers locate her, and remains in that spot for two days, waiting for her return. The elephant later stays by the barn where she correctly senses her friend is until a caregiver carries the ailing dog outside. Shots of Tarra petting Bella with her trunk are among the book’s most endearing pictures, which range from snapshotlike to skillfully framed images; also notable are photographs that underscore the dramatic difference in the animals’ sizes. An endnote gives additional information about the sanctuary and its mission. Though the lime-green background on some pages is distracting, the animals’ friendship will inspire young readers. Ages 3–up. (Sept.)

 
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