The Shadow Elephant
Written by Nadine RobertIllustrated by Valerio Vidali
Sometimes all you need is someone who accepts you as you are.
This is a subtle story about an elephant who is down in the dumps. Illustrated with a striking contrast between shadow and light, the moody blue elephant appears to live in a different world from his colorful savannah friends. Empathy is a tricky emotion for children and adults alike to grasp, but The Shadow Elephant manages to walk the thin blue line between sadness, understanding, and emotional connection. Sometimes, it’s okay to be sad and to show it. It’s also okay not to have a quick fix. Better, in fact, to acknowledge someone else’s feelings without judgement, which can be the very best gift of all.