Interesting children’s book about the fate of some Japanese Zoo elephants in wartime, originally written by Yukio Tsuchiya and published in 1951. It was reissued with illustrations by US illustrator Ted Lewin by publishers Houghton Mifflin in the USA in 1988.
Our second post of the day on the Pearl Harbor 75th anniversary, I wonder if Faithful Elephants is still “read aloud on Japanese radio every year to mark the anniversary of Japan’s Surrender in World War 2” each August?
Copies are available via online bookshops.
A true or fact-inspired story to go alongside the many fictional stories set in wartime zoos, focussing on elephants …
Worth reading alongside Mayumi Itoh’s book Japanese Wartime Zoo Policy …
Posted by Mark Norris, World War Zoo Gardens Project, Newquay Zoo, 7th December 1941