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The Elephant Dancer: A Story of Ancient India
The Elephant Dancer: A Story of Ancient India
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The Elephant Dancer: A Story of Ancient India

Lali's first mother was an elephant. When she was found and taken in by a hunter as a baby, her elephant mother joined the family, too. Years later, the beautiful animal catches the eye of the queen. Lali fears that she will lose her elephant.

GenreHistorical Fiction
Reading LevelGrades 2-4
Interest LevelGrades 2-4
Lexile Level510L
ATOS Level2.9
AR Points0.5
AR Quiz #127891
Early Intervention Level24
PublisherPicture Window Books
Page Dimensions5 1/4" x 8"
Page Count64
BindingReinforced Library Binding
List Price: $23.99 School/Library Price

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Children's Literature Comprehensive Database - Laura J. Brown

"Lali was a young girl who lived in India a very long time ago. She was lost somehow by her parents and an elephant raised her. The elephant loved her very much and took care of her in the jungle. Lali thought she was also an elephant. One day elephant hunters came to the river where they were bathing and surrounded them. When the hunters saw Lali, they stopped hunting. One of the hunters decided to adopt Lali because he and his wife had two sons, and his wife always wanted a daughter. Lali cried so much that the hunter decided to adopt the elephant too. It was with her new family that Lali learned to speak the language of people and it was her human mother who gave her the name of Lali. Once Lali learned to speak, she named her first mother, the elephant, Bhuvana. Their new family loved Lali and Bhuvana, but the family was not rich. Bhuvana ate all the leaves from the trees and the grass behind the house of the family. Her parents were not sure how they could continue to feed Bhuvana. Lali also loved dancing and dreamed of being a royal dancer, but she did not know how a girl from a simple family like hers could ever become one. Readers will enjoy this book as they find out what happens to Lali and Bhuvana. The good news is it is a happy ending to a heart-warming story. The book has a table of contents, a glossary, and pronunciations of words. Part of the “Read-It! Chapter Books: Historical Tales” series.”" - Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

January 1, 2009

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

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