Max & Maddie are two best friends
who can’t wait to learn about elephants.
They’re headed right now in their car
to visit Aunt Mary, who lives really far.
She used to live in Africa,
where the elephants roam.
She always has good stories
when they visit her home.
“What do you think she’ll teach us?”
Max said from his seat.
Maddie replied, “Hmm… I don’t know…
maybe what they eat!”
“I wonder what they eat,” Max said,
“I think it’s grass… maybe trees?
Actually!… I heard,
300 pounds of these!”
“Look! There’s Aunty Mary’s!”
They arrived and got out.
“She always has the best presents!”
Maddie ran with a shout.
There at the door was Aunt Mary,
her hands holding gifts,
a t-shirt for each child,
and an activity list.
The list was filled with
fun elephant facts,
like they DO eat 300 pounds!
EVERYDAY as a matter of fact!
But some things were sad,
like they’re running out of land.
And people kill them for their tusks,
even though that’s been banned.
There are good people in Africa though,
who fight for their lives,
and take care of their babies
if the mother elephant dies.
Aunt Mary told them about the orphanage,
where the babies all live.
Their human friends are called keepers;
sometimes they sleep with them!
She said elephants need our help
if they’re going to survive.
It will take many years any many people
to keep them alive.
Max & Maddie were sold!
They were excited to help.
They started drawing pictures of elephants,
and buying books for their shelf.
They knew as they grew
they could do more each year,
and maybe some day they would visit,
and see the elephants near.
What ideas do you have,
for helping elephants?
and let’s do them!