Tusk Tusk

David McKee, Author Kane/Miller Book Publishers $7.95 (28p) ISBN 978-0-916291-28-0
Two bands of elephants, one black and one white, ``loved all creatures, but they hated each other.'' Each group keeps to its own side of the jungle, until a war breaks out between them, and the peace-loving elephants from both sides take cover in the jungle. After a bitter battle, all the elephants lay dead; no elephants are seen for many years. One day the descendants of the peace-lovers emerge: ``They were grey.'' The book ends on an ironic note as members of the new grey breed notice that they fall into two groups once again, each with differently shaped ears. The stylized renderings of the elephants and their environs make this straightforward book about prejudice easier to digest in an allegorical sense; the story becomes both accessible and illuminating. In clear, bold illustrations that celebrate shape and color, McKee incorporates several witty touches: the elephants' trunks become weapons, the ``darkest jungle'' is portrayed as a giant maze. Although the book stands on its own merit, it might also offer an excellent point of departure for discussion between parent and child. Ages 5-10. (Mar.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1990
Release date: 01/01/1990
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-1-84270-579-7
Prebound-Other - 28 pages - 978-0-613-51962-5
Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-25148-8
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