HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Way Home
Author: Judith Benét Richardson
Illustrator: Salley Mavor
Publisher: The Trumpet Club, republished in 1992
ISBN-13: 978-0027761450 (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 0027761452 (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 978-0440847892 (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0440847893 (Paperback)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Richardson, Judith Benet. The Way Home (published in 1991 by Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing). Savi is a baby elephant who has a mind of her own. She and her mother spend a fun-filled day playing at the beach, but Savi stays in the water even though her mother “stamped her feet and trumpeted” that it is time to go home. Unable to convince her baby to leave the beach mother elephant uses inventive means to draw her young one away to home and safety. When Mother finally leaves without her, Savi doesn’t mind in the least, until she gets cold and hungry, so then she heads homeward. But which way is it?
With the shadows lengthening, Savi sees a banana in the sand, then another, and another, forming a trail of bananas that leads Savi right to her mother. When Savi asks for one last banana, Mother explains, “That banana is the moon. It will help us to see our way home.” Trunk to tail, the two make their way through the jungle palms. Author Judith Benét Richardson presents the reader with a character whose independence is admirable, and whose reunion with her mother is comforting. Illustrator Salley Mavor has created a series of captivating masterpieces with painstakingly detailed fabric relief pictures in bold colors and patterns. We found the book appealing.