Tony and His Elephants – A Thai Elephant Sanctuary Story

Tony and His Elephants, A Thai Elephant Sanctuary Story

Tony and His Elephant:
Best Friends Forever!

(A Thai Elephant Sanctuary Story)
photos & text by Cathleen Burnham
Crickhollow Books • avail. April 3, 2017
Hardcover • $18.95 • 32 pages
Elephant Conservation & Protection
Youth Environmental Activism / Global Kids

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Trade Hardcover (laminated cover)
32 pages • photos, maps, illus. • 9” x 10.5”
Ages 7–12
$18.95 • ISBN 978-1-933987-25-5


Endangered Animals • Animal Rescue
Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand
Global Youth • Kid Power
Wildlife Conservation

[Doyli to the Rescue, released April 2015]

“Full-color photography of Doyli, her family, and baby monkeys in need fills this wonderful true story, which serves as a shining inspiration to readers of all ages that there is something they can do to protect wildlife and the environment. Highly recommended, especially for public and school library children’s collections.” – Midwest Book Review

“Cathleen Burnham’s children’s book is a delightful book for all ages. It is the best kind of nonfiction – engaging as well as informative…. Burnham shows us how even young children can make a difference in the world. Young and old alike will be enthralled with this book.” – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, Children’s Book Author

[Tortuga Squad, released Spring 2016]

“Bright photos depict the children in action, the turtles and other animals, and the surroundings. The spreads also include attractively arranged maps and drawings and deftly inserted facts about turtles…. Burnham has written other books about compassionate efforts by children, such as Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon (Crickhollow, 2015), that inspire readers to take positive action.… A wonderful addition to most collections.” – School Library Journal

“Readers will learn about threats to sea turtles as well as how people are helping them. An unusual glimpse of children as environmental activists within their own community.” – ALA Booklist

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BONUS MATERIALS! To learn more about our WAKA (World Association of Kids and Animals) series and the stories behind each book, plus teacher’s guides and more resources, visit: .


Tony and His Elephants: Best Friends Forever! is a photodocumentary book by journalist and writer Cathleen Burnham, the third book in her WAKA (World Association of Kids and Animals) series of books featuring kids involved in wild animal preservation efforts around the globe.

Tony and His Elephants introduces Tony, an eight-year-old boy, whose family runs a small elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand. He becomes involved in the care of two young elephants, Baby Pumpuii and Nam Cho, rescued from an urban setting to a new life in the forests.

But life in the wilds is not without its own drama and danger. Tony is quickly drawn into a deep and lasting relationship with these amazing and sensitive animals.

He learns to feed and train the young elephants to follow simple commands. Then, when a fire breaks out in the nearby jungle, he helps to lead the animals to safety.

Like the first two books in this series (Doyli to the Rescue: Saving Baby Monkeys in the Amazon and Tortuga Squad: Kids Saving Sea Turtles in Costa Rica), the text and photos shows a youngster deeply involved in caring for the well-being of young animals in need of shelter, food, and lots of love.

The conservation message is clear but not overly polemic, and is skillfully blended into the glimpse of everyday life of active kids and their families who are involved in small-scale, grassroots animal-rescue efforts.


Cathleen Burnham is an experienced travel and wildlife photojournalist. She has done assignments across the globe from Africa to Southeast Asia, from South and Central America to Europe. She is author of the WAKA series of books (World Association of Kids and Animals), profiling real kids around the world who are actively engaged in local wildlife conservation on a grassroots, community-based level.

Ms. Burnham hopes these stories about extraordinary kids doing creative, practical things to save wild animals will inspire others to get involved in protecting animals and natural habitats close to home and around the world.