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The Elephant

Kadri Hinrikus

  • Illustrator: Kadi Kurema
  • Tammerraamat
  • 2021, 72 pp
  • ISBN: 9789949690749
  • storybook
  • Age: 9+
Rights sold: Latvian

Kärt feels that she doesn’t really belong anywhere. Her relationship with her classmates is not a happy one—she is either  being bullied for the way she looks or taunted because she knows the answers to their teacher’s questions. It’s not going much better at home either—her father is not exactly happy about Kärt preferring books and reading to maths and computers. Her support from her mum is non-existent as well—who just starts to cry and despair when hearing about Kärt’s problems.

Alas, after a particularly bad day at school, Kärt meets a spunky Croatian girl Lucija who slowly helps Kärt realise that it is exactly girls like Kärt who are needed and cherished in different situations.

2022 Tartu Prize for Children's Literature (Childhood Prize)
2021 Nominee of the Annual Children's Literature Award of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2021 Good Children's Book