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Book Review: Elephant & Dog Friendship

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Tara & Bella: The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends

Written by Carol Buckley 
Photographs by Carol Buckley
Published: 2009 by Putnam Juvenile
All Ages, 32 pages
Topics: friendship, animals
 

If you haven’t already heard about this unlikely friendship then this will surely make you smile, even though there’s a sad mention in this post. Tarra performed in the circus as the only roller skating elephant. In 1995, Tarra came to the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Unlike a zoo where animals remain in cages, the elephants in the wildlife sanctuary roam freely throughout 2,700 acres. All the elephants except for Tarra found an elephant companion. However, that changed when Tarra awoke to find a stray dog next to her. Soon Tarra and Bella went everywhere together. One day, a caregiver found Bella injured in the grass and was taken to the vet. It was unsure whether Bella would be able to walk again, since she had a spinal cord injury. Every day Tarra remained in the same spot waiting for her friend and finally searched to find Bella. Tarra waited outside for her friend while Bella rested. When Bella discovered that Tarra was outside, she attempted to run to the window. Finally, the caretakers realized that the two desperately wanted to see each other so they carried Bella to reunite with Tarra. Tarra welcomed Bella with gentle elephant trunk pets. Tara returned each day until Bella was well enough to roam. Sadly, Bella died in October 2011. The friendship between an elephant and dog prove that we can look beyond any differences and understand each other. The back of the book provides information about the Elephant Sanctuary.

The Elephant Sanctuary Information

Weekly Quote: Brandon Mull

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An unread book does nobody any good. Stories happen in the mind of a reader, not among symbols printed on a page.

― Brandon Mull

Sharing Sunday – Dr. Seuss, Elephants, Yummy Books & More

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I wanted to start a new post idea that I got from other bloggers. I discover many unique, interesting, fun, beautiful, and informative blogs. These are some recent blogs or posts that I enjoyed.

I’ve read numerous posts on this blog. It has a little of everything from book reviews, humor, and daily life inspirations. This post creatively described how Dr. Seuss books that we read as children have a lot of wisdom for all ages. I got the sharing day idea from this blogger.  Life lessons from Dr. Seuss

If you’re searching for something bright each day then here is a very colorful blog. It highlights a vibrant photo each day. This photo has a unique look at ice cream. 365 days of colour

I really enjoyed this blog post and may highlight later on my blog. Elephants are my favorite animal and this blogger celebrated Elephant Appreciation Day. I never knew there was such a date. It has books and information about elephants. Elephant Appreciation Day

This post was freshly pressed, so many may have read it. It features a trip taken to New York City exploring children’s literature. I thought it was appropriate for my blog, since it relates with children’s books. children’s literature tour of New York

This blog is unique, because it’s not just a photography blog. It combines science elements and information behind the photos. This blogger has really explored the world. photo + science

This is a delicious blog that combines book reviews and food. She has a fun rating scale based upon the food she enjoys.  the very hungry bookworm

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