Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War

by Ted Lewin and Yukio Tsuchiya

A sobering lesson about the horrors of war is depicted through the fate of three elephants at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo during World War II.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780395861370
  • ISBN-10: 0395861373
  • Pages: 32
  • Publication Date: 10/30/1997
  • Carton Quantity: 50

About the book

A zookeeper recounts the story of John, Tonky, and Wanly, three performing elephants at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, whose turn it is to die, and of their keepers, who weep and pray that World War II will end so their beloved elephants might be saved.

About the author
Ted Lewin

Ted Lewin grew up in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, and a chimpanzee. He became interested in art as a young boy when he would draw his brothers' world of wrestling. Ted later worked as a professional wrestler to finance his studies at the Pratt Institute of Fine Arts, where he met his wife, Betsy Lewin, also a children's book writer and illustrator. He and his wife travel around the world to research the settings for their books. While working on SACRED RIVER, which he both wrote and illustrated, Ted joined thousands of Hindus on their pilgrimage to the banks of the Ganges River in Benares, India. Ted now lives and works in the brownstone he shares with his wife and their two cats in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit


"A moving and powerful statement about the insanity of war." Horn Book

"A moving and powerful statement about the insanity of war." Horn Book Guide