An uplifting and thought-provoking tale about elephant conservation.

When they came, the herd scattered in fright, their trumpeting calls shattering the morning. Seree and her mother were cornered.

Life in the jungle was good for young Seree and her mother until the day poachers come. Separated from her mother and the life she knows, Seree is taken to work in a circus. Forced to perform every day and spend each night in chains, Seree longs to be with the herd and reunited with her mother. Will she ever be free?

A poignant story by an active elephant conservationist that puts the spotlight on animal welfare.


Irma Gold is an award-winning writer and editor. Her short stories have been widely published in anthologies and journals like Meanjin, Island, Idiom 23 and Going Down Swinging. Her debut collection of short fiction, Two Steps Forward, was critically acclaimed and won her a Canberra Critics Circle Award for Literature. Irma has lived in England, Melbourne, and is now based in Canberra with her husband and three children. Megumi and the Bear was her first title with Walker Books Australia.

Wayne Harris is an award-winning illustrator and designer. He won the APA Best Designed Picture Book of the Year Award for A Bit of Company by Margaret Wild and for Gordon’s Got a Snookie by Lisa Shanahan. He was short-listed in the NSW Premier’s Award for writing Judy and the Volcano, the same year Going Home was named an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book. He teaches design and illustration. He also illustrated Bird to Bird, written by Claire Saxby and published by Walker Books.


An important environmental resource to show readers the importance of protecting endangered elephants.

Funday Telegraph

A richly evocative picture book that tells the heartrending tale of a baby Asian elephant named Seree. A final page with information on the plight of Asian elephants completes this stunningly beautiful book with its important message.

Canberra Times

Author Irma Gold shares a thought-provoking story about elephant conservation.

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