Tennessee’s own internationally known elephant care expert, welfare advocate and author Carol Buckley will take her children’s book, TARRA & BELLA, The Elephant and Dog Who Became Best Friends (Putnam Books), to Washington, D.C. in a few days.
Best friends come in all shapes and sizes!
After retiring from the circus, Tarra became the first resident of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. When other elephants moved in and developed close friendships, only Tarra remained independent...until the day she met a stray mixed-breed dog named Bella.
It was love at first sight as this unlikely duo became inseparable. They ate together, slept together and even understood each other’s language. And when Bella suffered a severe spinal injury, Tarra stayed by her side until Bella regained her health.
TARRA & BELLA was selected by the Tennessee State Library to represent the state at the 12th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/ on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., September 22 and 23.
“It is an incredible honor to be selected to represent Tennessee at the National Book Festival,” said Buckley. “I’m so excited to have the chance to introduce new audiences of all ages to Tarra and Bella’s amazing story and to share what I have learned about the lives of captive elephants in Asia, Tarra’s birthplace.”
TARRA & BELLA, published in 2009, is the inspiring true story of friendship that grew between an elephant and a stray dog http://www.carolbuckley.com/tarra.php at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. The book has become a favorite among children, adults and elementary school reading programs. An “Assignment America” story http://www.carolbuckley.com/tarra.php on the unlikely pair is one of CBS television’s most-watched videos ever.
Buckley is the founder of Elephant Aid International http://www.elephantaid.org, which works to improve the welfare of elephants both in captivity and in the wild. She is also the co-founder and former CEO of The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, the nation’s largest natural habitat refuge for elephants in North America.
Buckley is also the author of two other picture books: TRAVELS WITH TARRA and JUST FOR ELEPHANTS. All three books are available for purchase individually or as a set at http://www.carolbuckley.com/books.php.
Learn more about Carol at http://www.carolbuckley.com
About Elephant Aid International http://www.elephantaid.org