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Author : Devika Cariapa
Illustrator : Satwik Gade
One day, when Prime Minister Nehru opened his overstuffed mail bag, out tumbled hundreds of colourfully decorated letters — from children in Japan! “We have never seen a live elephant,” they said. “Could you kindly send us one from India?” This exuberant picture book takes readers across land and sea to tell how Indira, Ambika, Murugan and others became India’s BIG gifts to the world.
2022: Neev Book Award - Junior Readers (shortlisted)
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|Specifications||32 pages; 10.5” X 9.5”; full colour; soft cover|
|Tags||elephants, animals, Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India, children and elephants, letter writing, history|
Loved this one!
Devika Cariapa takes true incidents from history to tell us about Nehru’s ‘elephant diplomacy’. She weaves Nehru’s efforts at building a nation together with amusing anecdotes and his efforts as ensuring that other countries looked on the newly formed nation of India as one that is generous, gentle and noble... much like their gifts that travelled around the world. Satwik Gade‘s illustrations add charm and humour to this interesting read. - JoAnne Saldanha, Library Consultant and Trainer
Calling out the elephant in the room
The book asks questions about animal rights and raises ecological concerns, even as the illustrations show each elephant with a winning personality of its own. Gade’s illustrations rescue the subject of diplomacy from the stodgy world of statecraft and international relations. He captures the joy that children across the world experienced when they welcomed India’s elephants. - Chintan Girish Modi, moneycontrol.com