Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends
Tarra & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends by Carol Buckley
Tarra was a roller-skating elephant in the circus, in a movie, and on television.
Finally, she was retired and taken to live in a sanctuary for elephants in Tennessee. Usually, an elephant will befriend another elephant, but Tarra did not make a friend there for a long time. One day, however, she met Bella and, unexpectedly, the two became best friends.
The text is simple and easy to understand. The book is illustrated with photographs of Tarra and Bella.
“Bella was rushed to the animal hospital, where the vets said she had a spinal cord injury. No one knew if Bella would ever walk again, but they took Bella home and made her comfortable in the heated office above the elephant barn while they tried to nurse her back to help. Through a large window Bella watched longingly as the elephants played outside. Meanwhile, for two full days, Tarra remained standing at the exact spot where Bella had been found, waiting for Bella to return.”
One child said, "I like how a little bitty animal and a big animal are friends." Another child said she liked how loving the pictures are. Both boys and girls liked this book. Most gave it a five, but a few thought it was a three.