What Elephants Know

Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Series: Nandu
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Abandoned in the jungle of the Nepalese Borderlands, two-year-old Nandu is found living under the protective watch of a pack of wild dogs. From his mysterious beginnings, fate delivers him to the king's elephant stable, where he is raised by unlikely parents - the wise head of the stable, Subba-sahib, and Devi Kali, a fierce and affectionate female elephant.

When the king's government threatens to close the stable, Nandu, now 12, searches for a way to save his family and community. A risky plan could be the answer. But to succeed they'll need a great tusker. The future is in Nandu's hands as he sets out to find a bull elephant and bring him back to the Borderlands. In simple poetic prose, author Eric Dinerstein brings to life Nepal's breathtaking jungle wildlife and rural culture, as seen through the eyes of a young outcast struggling to find his place in the world.

©2016 Eric Dinerstein (P)2016 Recorded Books

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Kirby Heyborne immerses himself in the character of Nandu.... Heyborne's earnest voice and brisk pace deposit listeners into the midst of each episode.... Dinerstein and Heyborne leave listeners ready to listen again." ( AudioFile)

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Wonderful story for middle readers!

This is a charming story of a young boy growing up in the elephant region of Nepal. The novel touches on big issues, such as love, death, violence, the caste system, and the environment, but remains a touching story throughout. My 4th grade students thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook! Some had tears, which means to me that they were captivated. Highly recommended for 4th-6th graders, especially.

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I will miss Nanda Singh

This story has a lot of positivism . It is very detail, I honestly felt being in the jungle