Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Elephant Run by Roland Smith

Recommendation: Highly Recommended

This action-packed historical fiction is one your kids will not be able to put down. Set in the  Burmese jungle during World War II we live the story of a young boy, Nick who was sent to live with his father in Burma to escape the war in England. Little did his family know that he  would encounter greater danger there. When his family's plantation is overtaken by the Japanese and his father is taken as a POW, Nick must figure out a way for himself and Mya, a young Burmese girl whom he befriends, to escape. Will he succeed?

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.

Negatives:  None

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

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