Balarama: A Royal Elephant
By Ted and Betsy Lewin
Lee and Low Books, 2009

Book Review by Pooja Makhijani
From Kahani Winter 2010


When Caldecott Medal honorees Ted and Betsy Lewin arrive in Mysore, India, they are introduced to Drona, a majestic elephant who loves bananas and leads the Maharaja of Mysore’s procession through the city on Dasara, a Hindu festival. A year later, the couple returns to southern India, only to find out that Drona has died and that a new elephant, Balarama, will lead the Dasara parade. All eyes are on this magnificent creature as he makes his debut. Balarama: A Royal Elephant is a touching and exciting story. This reader was mesmerized by the Lewins’ illustrations.