When Nilly Met Nelly, the Hungry Hungry Ele is available through Mascot Books and other online vendors such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble! If you’re an educator and interested in teaching your students about human-elephant conflict, please email me for a free e-copy of the book.
When Nilly encounters a young elephant named Nelly stealing bananas from her farm in India, she tries to scare her away out of fear. Though realizing that Nelly is harmless and wants to be her friend, Nilly lets her continue to eat the bananas. How much can one tiny elephant eat, right? But the next day Nelly returns with two more elephants, and within a few days there’s an entire group! Realizing she needs to protect her family farm, Nilly tries all of the local remedies to make the elephants leave. Will she be able to save her family’s farm without losing her new friend Nelly?
When Nilly Met Nelly, the Hungry Hungry Ele is a rhyming picture book that brings to life the issue of human-wildlife conflict through the lens of a young banana farmer in India and a hungry, determined little elephant. With an increasing human population and the rapid conversion of land into agricultural fields, elephants are being pushed into smaller habitats with diminishing access to food resources. If you were an elephant and stumbled upon a farm of fresh fruits, wouldn’t you want to stop for a bite to eat? Set on a global stage, the story teaches readers about the importance of sharing land with local wildlife, whether it’s a tiny animal in your garden or a massive elephant in your field.
Praise for When Nilly Met Nelly, the Hungry Hungry Ele:
5.0 out of 5 stars You should buy this book!
This is an amazing book, one of the best things to come out of 2017. Your children will love the story of Nilly and Nelly, and also learn about co-existing with wildlife. If you have a child that is passionate about nature, or you want them to learn more about the natural world, this is the book for you!
5.0 out of 5 stars They absolutely love it! I highly recommend this book for every …
I bought this book for my 1 year old nephew, Tyler! Both Tyler and his big brother have not put it down. They absolutely love it! I highly recommend this book for every youngster in your life. Not only will they love it, they will learn early on the benefits of caring for our planet.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best gift ever!
Absolutely awesome children’s book! The fun rhymes and pictures provided an engaging and educational platform for story time with my niece. I bought a second copy for a family baby shower because it’s the perfect book for bringing the exotic within a young child’s reach. Well done, Giavanna Grein!
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautiful story about compassion
This is a beautiful story about compassion, wildlife, cooperation and co-existence. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to teach their children about the importance of appreciating and respecting wildlife, and sharing our earth.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Educational!
This book was a hit with a kindergarten classroom! There is a great balance of fun rhymes and story with some great educational facts about wildlife conversation. Highly recommended!
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Buy!
Fantastic book, excellently written with beautiful illustrations. I love that is is both fun and educational! I will be buying one for each of the baby showers I attend this year!
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and educational!
This is such a fun book! Great story that is also accurate and educational! Love seeing wildlife conservation being so well represented for a young age group.
5.0 out of 5 stars My first graders LOVED the story of Nilly and Nelly
My first graders LOVED the story of Nilly and Nelly. They kept asking if they could read it during their free time. It is so important for children to learn about real world situations. I recommend this to everyone 🙂
August 12 is World Elephant Day! Snap a picture of you/your little one’s best elephant impression and share it on Twitter @Gee_Grein. Three posts will be chosen randomly at 10:00pm EST to receive 50% off a copy of When Nilly Met Nelly, the Hungry Hungry Ele!!
Check out these sneak peek images and visit Mascot Books to get your copy!
Illustrations by Amelia Grace Gossman
We would like to extend an elephant sized THANK YOU to everyone who helped support our Kickstarter campaign to bring this story to life! We couldn’t have done it without you!!