When Anju Loved Being an Elephant

When Anju Loved Being an Elephant Growing up on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with its cooling lakes and refreshing mud holes Anju loved being an elephant Loving cared for and proetected by her mother and herd family there was no

  • Title: When Anju Loved Being an Elephant
  • Author: Wendy Henrichs John Butler
  • ISBN: 9781585365333
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Growing up on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with its cooling lakes and refreshing mud holes, Anju loved being an elephant Loving cared for and proetected by her mother and herd family, there was nowhere else Anju would rather be.That all changed when she was stolen and sold to an American circus Anju spends decades traveling across the country, entertaining crowds AfGrowing up on the Indonesian island of Sumatra with its cooling lakes and refreshing mud holes, Anju loved being an elephant Loving cared for and proetected by her mother and herd family, there was nowhere else Anju would rather be.That all changed when she was stolen and sold to an American circus Anju spends decades traveling across the country, entertaining crowds After the circus, she s then moved to a small zoo for 23 years, their lone elephant Anju no longer loved being an elephant She was old and tired Will Anju ever love being an elephant again

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    About “Wendy Henrichs John Butler

    • Wendy Henrichs John Butler

      Wendy Henrichs was inspired to write I Am Tama, Lucky Cat when she adopted two cats One of them had a habit of raising her paw while sitting, just like a Japanese Lucky Cat figurine Curiosity about the legends behind Lucky Cat led her to the story of Tama She lives in Iowa.



    596 thoughts on “When Anju Loved Being an Elephant



    • When Anju Loved Being an Elephant is a wonderful, touching book.If you've ever found yourself dismayed by the "free pass" animal circuses get in children's literature, you will be heartened by the more nuanced view of this book. Anju, like many elephants in years past, was captured in the wilds of Asia. She is shuttled from circus to circus, never knowing if her new trainer will be kind or cruel, and never getting to form lasting bonds with other elephants. Finally, in her golden years, Anja fin [...]


    • Beautifully illustrated book about an elephant who is finally being "released" after almost fifty years of captivity, first as a circus performer and then as the only elephant in a small zoo. The elephant sanctuary where Anju is taken is finally a happy place, with other elephant "friends." Obvious comparisons can be made to the wonderful THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN, though it is based on the life of a real captive gorilla. I enjoyed reading all of the elephant facts in the back of the book and the su [...]


    • Full disclaimer-I've been an elephant sanctuary advocate for several decades. This is an excellent fictionalized version of the process and the backstory of the life of captive elephants. In this case it is a fairly gentle version of the life led by captive elephants, so it works for all ages. Many middle grade books have been released recently featuring elephant characters or symbols. This story, simple as it is, offers realistic information about the potential for eventual rehabbing and sanctu [...]


    • Beautiful illustrations and careful wording introduce children into the understanding of the types of miseries elephants endure in circuses. It is never graphic, only suggestive, but gives enough lead for parents to gently explain the reality themselves. A good choice for parents trying to foster empathy and awareness in their little ones. Seeing old and tired Anju back with a herd again to live as a real elephant is a wonderful moment.


    • Now I have a particular fondness for "free the animals" type stories, but I really think this one is very well done. It gives children the perspective from the elephant's eyes (or as much as the author can guess the elephant is thinking or feeling) instead of the handler's or some conservationist's perspective. It's honest (sad) enough to make children (and adults) care about the situation and empathize with the elephant. Such a sweet and beautifully illustrated story.


    • Anju is coaxed up the ramp of a trailer truck, unsure where she is going or what is going to happen now. As she travels, she remembers her early life with her herd in Indonesia, as well as less good times when she was in a circus and a zoo. Her final destination turns out to be an elephant sanctuary where she can once more roam free with other elephants. The expressive watercolor illustrations are perfect for this gentle, non-preachy story of an elephant coming home.


    • While I felt this book was a good introduction to the subject of treating animals kindly (or even a gentle way to explain animal cruelty or the horrors of animal circuses to children), and the illustrations were beautiful, it felt like something was missing from the story. I realize that this book could not go into too much detail, because the target audience is children, but the plot left something to be desired.


    • Extremely touching book about an elephants reflections on life. Of course this is fictional, however, the story line is based on many performing elephants lives and many changes that occur during their journey. Mixed in with lots of amazing pachyderm facts as well. Great book but keep your tissue box near by.


    • Lovely! Immediate "Ladders" to Katherine Applegate's THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN (January 2012) and Lynne Kelly's CHAINED (June 2012)! Butler's illustrations make the reader feel for the elephant as much as Henrick's beautiful rendering of Anju's story.


    • Beautiful picture book about Anju, an elephant who is kidnapped and sold into captivity. Great choice for children not ready for the chapter books with a similar message (Chained, Tua and the Elephant, One and Only Ivan).


    • I thought the book was very well written and the illustrations very vibrant. though the book was a bit too long for a story time book.


    • Though a bit long for a picture book, it is so beautifully written and an important story to share with children.






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