She Leads: The Elephant Matriarch by June Smalls, illustrated by Yumi Shimokawara. NON-FICTION PICTURE BOOK. Familius, April 2020. $17. 9781641702324
BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3) - OPTIONAL
AUDIENCE APPEAL: AVERAGE
It is the matriarch who leads the elephant herd – to water, to shelter, to protection from enemies, and to teach the next generations – so that when her time is done there is a new matriarch to lead.
Smalls populates each page with one set of simple text and then a longer strand of more in-depth information. I like the play between the two strands of test rather than having a large amount of back matter. Shimokawara’s illustrations allow the elephant to front and center on each page. I do wish the book were a taller format, though. The square shape makes the elephants feel squished onto the page.
Cindy Mitchell, Library Teacher