Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Positives: I thoroughly enjoyed the introduction to life in the Burmese jungle. I enjoyed learning about timber elephants and the life of their mahouts(trainers). I also enjoyed reading about an often untold side of World War II and it's far reaching implications. The storyline kept my interest throughout.
Talking Points: Being set in Burma, there are a lot of Buddhist thoughts, ideas and practices used throughout the story. At one point Nick and Mya disguise themselves as Buddhist monks who are being trained. Be prepared to talk with your child about the false teaching of the Buddhists and show them that there is only one way to eternal life, through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6, Acts 4:12).
Age Level: 10 and up