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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Molelo the Fire Elephant (Baby Animal Environmental Heroes) by Sylvia M. Medina and Krista Hill takes young readers on an adventure into the world of animal babies and how they survive in the natural world. Leo the baby elephant lived in the shade of the acacia trees in Botswana. He lived there with his mother and Masego, the Red-Billed Oxpecker. Leo and Masego went to the nearby waterhole where the elephant herd was lounging. Leo's mother warned him about the poachers starting fires and asked him to stay close to the herd so they could flee together in case the fire approached them. Suddenly a cloud of gray smoke appeared on the horizon and Leo found himself engulfed in it. He could not see anything and the smoke choked him. Leo decided to wait near the trunk of an acacia tree. He was sure his mother would find him but he was rescued by a human who introduced himself as Ronny. He took Leo to a new home and also gave him a new name; Molelo. Will he be happy in his new home and will he get used to his new name, Molelo?
This is a story of hope, friendship, and resilience. The book is based on a true story and it speaks about the challenges elephants face for their survival in the wild. The story also teaches young readers about protecting wildlife. There is a lot of information about elephants today which will take readers into the world of these animals and help youngsters understand them better. It is a good book for tutors to use for reading aloud and storytelling sessions in classrooms because it is the easiest way to help children understand wildlife conservation without making it sound too complicated.