Leona Upton Illig is a book critic for the Children’s Literature Company. Her short stories have been published in magazines such as The MacGuffin, The North Atlantic Review, and The Western Online, and her non-fiction has been published in Sky and Telescope. Her children’s chapter book, The Elephant and the Bird Feeder, was published by 1st Ride Enterprises in 2016. From 2012 until 2014 she wrote a monthly environmental article for a local civics organization and served as its publicist. She has a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Maryland and lives between Baltimore and Annapolis with her husband, David, and a small spaniel named Clara. Further details can be found at her website, http://threevillagesmedia.wordpress.com.
The Elephant and the Bird Feeder
Should I trust my enemy? Befriend a stranger? Believe the impossible? Three youngsters living in the Thai countryside—an elephant, a parrot, and a boy—must find the answers to these questions. Their responses could determine their survival.
Young readers will eagerly follow the adventures of this unlikely trio as they journey through the back country in search of a home for an orphaned elephant. A modern-day fable about the values of cooperation, compassion, and respect for nature, this story will capture hearts and inspire young minds.