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Tuesday 23 December 2014

Review: Elephants Have Wings

Two young children ask their father to share a familiar bedtime story – Grandfather’s Story. What follows is a mystical tale about discovering truth and learning to accept that we are all different but also connected with each other.

Elephants Have Wings, by well-known author Susanne Gervay (author of the I Am Jack series), is a picture book inspired by the ancient story of the blind man and the elephant. Elephants have significance in several spiritual traditions including Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Sufism. This multi-spiritual foundation is reflected in the central theme of the story focusing on how as individuals we are both different and the same.

The complex, layered meaning of the story is complemented beautifully in Anna Pignataro’s gorgeous illustrations which feature a combination of pencil, watercolour, acrylic and collage using vintage fabric and textiles.

Elephants Have Wings is a mystical journey suitable for readers of any age who enjoy stories that prompt them to think about deeper concepts. The book has been endorsed by the Blake Society, with the Blake Prize for art and poetry exploring the themes of spirituality, religion and human justice. The story promotes inclusion, spiritual awareness, the search for truth, and the interconnectedness of people.

The allegorical and spiritual nature of this story leaves it open for interpretation, and parents and children will find much within its pages to inspire discussion and personal reflection.

Title: Elephants Have Wings
Author: Susanne Gervay
Illustrator: Anna Pignataro
Publisher: Ford St Publishing, $26.95 RRP
Publication Date: October 2014
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781925000399
For ages: 7+
Type: Picture Book