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Where’s the Elephant? by Barroux; Candlewick Press, 414.99, 32 pages, ages 0-6

Originally published in Europe in 2015, French author-illustrator Barroux’s wordless picture book arrived stateside earlier this spring, and brings with it a surprisingly powerful message about conserving natural resources. Readers meet a trio of wild animals who watch as their forest habitat slowly shrinks, giving way to cities and urban sprawl. Inspired by deforestation the author witnessed in Brazil, Where’s the Elephant? offers a nuanced look at the world around us. The greater message may be lost on younger readers, but may inspire important discussions with older children.