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You're safe with me
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When the moon rises high and the stars twinkle, it is bedtime for the baby animals of the Indian forest. But tonight, when the skies turn dark and the night grows stormy, the little ones can't sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant with her words of wisdom can reassure them, "You're safe with me."

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*Starred Review* It's late at night and the baby forest animals are about to go to sleep when the sounds of an approaching storm preclude their slumber. Mama Elephant gathers them in her trunk with the gentle refrain, you're safe with me. While the babies whimper, Mama Elephant assures them that their fears are unfounded, reframing the scary noises as the necessary work of nature. The wailing wind, she calms them, is gentle as a breeze when all the work is done; the thunder only loud because she's laden with rain that brings life; the rumbling river is only grumbling because she's hungry and will soon eat all the shadows in the forest. And thus, Mama Elephant quells the baby animals' fears. Bedtime fears are ancient concerns, and Mama Elephant's voice is timeless. Simultaneously culturally specific and universal, Soundar's eloquent narrative flows seamlessly through Mistry's breathtaking illustrations. Stylized, hand-drawn, and exquisitely detailed, these renditions of forest life fill every page with wonder, perfectly complementing the understated, lyrical whispers of Mama Elephant. Listeners will either be fast asleep by the end of the story, or wide awake, captivated by the art. A stunning, reassuring bedtime story.--Chaudhri, Amina Copyright 2018 Booklist
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