|Adventure story of friendship from India|
Viku and the Elephant is an adventure story of friendship from India between a boy, Viku, and a young elephant, Haatee. The story shows inherent love between parents and children. Viku goes to the forest in search of fruits to eat and finds a young elephant in distress. He helps the elephant and in return the elephant takes him to a banana grove. The two become good friends and their adventures together unfold quickly. Haatee communicates with only two sounds – a happy trumpet or a sad cry – but Viku and Haatee understand each other perfectly. Haatee gives Viku a very special present and that brings the police to Viku’s house. Haatee helps Viku to free his father from the police. Then ivory poachers take Viku hostage and force him to show them where elephant tusks are hidden in the jungle. The poachers threaten to kill Haatee if Viku doesn’t help them. Although frightened, Viku and Haatee manage to outsmart the ivory poachers with an ingenious plan.
This little gem of a story grew out of a fable the author used to tell his own children when they were small. They would ask to hear it over and over again. Now the story is here for all children to enjoy.