The climate change and deforestation message may be somewhat grim but a new picture book presents it in an extremely colourful way.
However, after a few pages of glorious jungle scenes, the trees begin to disappear and in their place is a growing city, leaving our creatures with little place to hide. What’s to become of the elephant, parrot and snake, stuck in a zoo in a ‘concrete jungle’? Our wonderful creatures do get a happy (if somewhat unlikely) ending, delivered with an important environmental message.
The book is essentially wordless – after introducing the animals, Barroux’s beautiful illustrations take over, telling the story visually. The message is simple and straightforward but offers ample opportunity to discuss broader environmental issues such as deforestation, the pressure of urban expansion and the extinction of animal species.
Barroux’s drab, grey buildings contrast with crazy, multi-coloured trees – polka-dotted firs stand next to trees covered in flame-red autumn leaves and bright green palm trees and the result packs a punch.
Where’s the Elephant? is suitable for children aged two years and over. Find it in all good book stores or online at Book Depository who deliver for free to Australia.