The remarkable story of Owalla, an elephant who went from an American circus to being matriarch of a herd in the African bushveld. Here she lived peacefully for 16 years until one day she came to blows with a hippo. Find out how her circus training saved her life!
With a love of the African bush, elephants are a firm favourite with Linda. On hearing this wonderful story from her editor, Lisa, Linda decided it was time to share this tale with children. After tracking down Owalla’s trainer and discovering he had opened a sanctuary for circus elephants in Botswana, Linda eventually put pen to paper. These family-loving, gentle giants with extraordinary intelligence should never be separated from their herd and family, and subjected to slavery or circus life.
Soft cover, 24 pages
Published: (August 2015)
Book Measures: 25 x 21cm
Age Range: 3 – 7 years
“It’s an enchanting tale of how the tricks a circus elephant learnt in America saved her life in the wilds of Africa. A delightful rhyming read for young and old.” Brian Joss, Books Editor, Cape Community Newspapers
“Trials, travels, adventure and a happy ending. Owalla’s story has it all. From New York City to the South African highveld she makes friends wherever she goes. A charming story that will teach children that all animals, no matter how wild they may seem, deserve attention and care.” Lesley Byram, Cape Times