Publisher: Pratham Books
Price: 40 INR
‘The Elephant Bird’ is an appealing story about Munia, a village girl who walks with a slight limp, and her adventures with The Elephant Bird. Due to her disability, Munia is shunned by the local children and she has no option but to play with the elephant bird, an enormous flight-less bird from the extinct family of Aepyornithidae, who lives near a lake in the jungle. The villagers suspect that the bird has eaten a domestic horse called Vayu and it is falls upon Munia to prove that he is innocent and she stands up to the entire village to defend her friend.
The book’s vibrant illustrations are an instant draw. The artists have paid close attention to detail. Upon looking closely, you will be pleasantly surprised to spot little mice, spiders, bees and birds following little Munia’s adventure through the colourful landscape.
The book has been recommended for children who can read independently. Although the story line is simple, the tale has been told in a complicated manner, due to which, the illustrations rob the child’s attention from the main story. However, once the story has been explained the child reads the book again with renewed enthusiasm.
The beauty of the book lies in the underlining reference to the fact that the human race would not hesitate to get rid of natural heritage for the sake of personal gain.