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Little Tumbo -written & illustrated by Steven Salerno published by Marshall Cavendish Children's Books, 2003.
"...in a retro style that pays homage to Ludwig Bemelmans and H.A. Rey... Filled with intrigue, bravery and triumph, this smartly served tale of adventure will likely engage young book lovers." -Publishers Weekly
A young elephant has not yet developed the skill of trumpeting... his attempts are mere squeaks. One day he gets captured by a couple of shady hunters and taken far away from his family to be sold at the market. Tumbo must learn to TRUMPET, and quickly, if he ever wants to be reunited with his family again.
above: cropped view of the cover for Little Tumbo.
left: Father encouraging his son little Tumbo, explaining that someday soon he will be able to trumpet, as all elephants can.
above: illustration from the title page of the book. Little Tumbo's inability to trumpet looms large in his worried mind.
above: Tumbo and the boy scurry through the jungle, just ahead of the hunters.
above: Two shady hunters capture little Tumbo and carry him far away from his family.
above: preliminary color SKETCH: of the story's opening scene with Mother, Father, sister, and little Tumbo all walking together under the hot sun.
above: cropped view of a page from the printed book... Tumbo squeaks a heartfelt thanks to the boatman and his grandson.