This story is inspired by the parable of the blind man and the elephant found in Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Sufism and modern philosophy.
The parts of the elephant are the parts of the truth and the tree of life is beautifully depicted in Anna’s detailed illustrations..
I love the colour and vibrance of this book, the movement and the melding of all elements.
“The air dances with elephant wings, flying with tails whirling, legs outstretched, ivory shining.
Ears swaying in a towering wall as we soar
over snowy mountain peaks.
There are so many layers in this book that I can see it having appeal to readers of any age.
Elephants are revered in religion and respected for their prowess in war. Ever since the stone age, there have been images of elephants in art and mythology surrounding them. For many cultures they symbolise courage, hope, endurance, wisdom.
The Blake Prize is named after the legendary British artist and poet William Blake (1757-1827). Established by Jesuit priest, Michael Scott and a Jewish artist, Richard Morley to create significant works of spiritual art in 1951 in the search for understanding and peace. The Blake Poetry Prize was added in 2008.
Full of motifs, symbols, pictures and texts that represent diversity and our universe, Elephants Have Wings provides so much to think and talk about in the classroom.
Comprehensive teacher’s notes are available here.