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You can purchase the 49-page Kids Wings Literature Guide and 50-page Jeopardy-type game for Tua and the Elephant for immediate download for only $16.95! Click Here to Purchase and Download through Teachers Pay Teachers

Tua and the Elephant
by R. P. Harris
A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award

Hardcover Book
Kindle Edition

Everyone in Chiang Mai, Thailand, knows Tua, the 10-year-old "peanut". While her mother works day and night, Tua visits the bustling marketplace.

One day, as Tua explores the market, she discovers a hole in wall. Curious, she steps through the hole and is swept away a stream of people. The stream becomes a river that carries her into an exciting adventure.

In the center of the city, Tua stops a fountain in a square. There, bungling two mahouts with a young elephant draw a crowd of the tourists who give money to the elephant. The elephant, in turn, gives it to the mahouts. The mahouts then give the tourists fruit to feed the elephant. Ah, a happy arrangment. Or is it? At least Tua thought so until the elephant takes the money and instead of giving it to her handlers, turns to give it to a poor woman who is begging in the street. Tua sees mahouts' surprise turn to anger as they drag the young elephant away, beating her mercilessly on the legs and yelling that she will not get fed tonight. The poor elephant beckons for Tua to help as she is led away. Tua follows at a safe distance to their camp, all the while wondering what she, a young girl, can possibly do to save this abused young elephant?

Can you believe it, she steals the elephant? Then, she realizes how difficult it is to hide an elephant, even this small elephant! Luckily, Auntie Orchid has some clever ideas up her theatrical sleeves! Will Tua and Pohn-Pohn reach the elephant sanctuary before the two sinister mahouts catch them?

Tua and the Elephant will delight you with its colorful figurative language, its exciting plot, its interesting characterzation, and authentic exotic setting where Thai food, language, culture, and elephant rescue.

The 49-page Kids Wings unit provides opportunity for discussion, drama, honing of reading strategies, writing, solving a crossword puzzle, research, and more. In addition, a 50-page Jeopardy-type game challenges the class to compete in interactive fun.

Research Links for
Tua and the Elephant
by R. P. Harris

Elephant Nature Park

Baby Elephant Outing
Gentle Giants, The Lives of Captive Elephants in Thailand (Movie Trailer)

Wildlife Friends Foundation

Elephant Nature Foundation

What is a songthaew?
Pronunciation of songthaew

Betel Nut


Thailand Language and Phrase Book

Brochure Generator

Stuffed Elephant
Stuffed Baby Elephant with Dreamy Eyes
ZooTube Baby Animals
ZooTube Wild Tube Animals

Kids Wings
Kids Wings Social Studies on the Internet
Kids Wings Writing Room
Kids Wings Research

Kids Wings Literature Guides
Kids Wings Quotes

Literary Connections
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
White Elephant by Sid Fleischman, Folktale Novel
The Gorillas of Gill Park
by Amy Gordon, Realistic Fiction Novel
Balarama: A Royal Elephant by Lewin and Lewin, Nonfiction, Cultural
Ballet of the Elephants by Leda Schubert, Circus Nonfiction Picture Bk
The World's Greatest Elephant, Biography of an Elephant

My Chimp Friday, The Banana Nana Chronicles by Hester Mundis, Science Fiction Novel

The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen
, Dramatic Narrative Poetry
In the Wild by David Elliott, Realistic Poetry


Quotes to memorize:

"Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other." Louis J. Camuti

It is almost impossible for one to be cruel to animals and kind to humans." ~Fred A. Mc Gran, 1895

You can purchase the 49-page Kids Wings Literature Guide and 50-page Jeopardy-type game for Tua and the Elephant for immediate download for only $16.95! Click Here to Purchase and Download through Teachers Pay Teachers

A 49-page Kids Wings Literature Guide PLUS a 50-slide interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Tua and the Elephant by R. P. Harris are now available for instant download!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
An Expert in Class: Thai Vocabulary
Introducing the Story: Readers' Theater
English Vocabulary
Making Connections: A Pre- and Post-Reading Chapter Questions
Literary Devices: Tri-fold Figurative Language Activity
Comprehension Check-ups in Groups of Chapters
Dig Deeper! Talk About It! Write About It!
Visualizing the Text--Illustrate Your Answers
Feeding the Elephant, A Logic Puzzle
Crossword Puzzle: Across the Vocabulary, Chapters 1-16
All Thai-ed Up! Exploring the Thai Language!
Character Bio-Poems
Where in the World is Southeast Asia?
Where in the World is Thailand?
Thai Culture and Questions
Asian Elephants vs. African Elephants
Elephant Biographies
Elephant Haven Brochure
Comparing Tua and the Elephant and The One and Only Ivan
Character Letters – A Novel Comparison
Comparing and Contrasting Two Books
Five in a Row Vocabulary Game
The Courageous, The Sinister, and The Elephant: Crossword Puzzle
PLUS a 50-Page Jeopardy-type game!

Tua and the Elephant is one of the 26 literature guides in Growing Young Americans. While you can purchase the individual literature guides for about $12.95, if you order Growing Young Americans, you can get the entire collection in a spiral-bound book with CD and site license for one school and pay less than $2 a unit in the collection!


A special thanks to the talented Curtis Schweitzer for allowing us to use his symphonic composition, "The Marketplace" as our background music!


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