Arefa Tehsin’s book ‘The Elephant Bird’ is about a young and brave girl Munia in a village called Adhania in India who befriends such a bird, whose species were believed to have wiped out due to increase of human settlements on the island and cutting down of forests.
The pictorial book, having traditional Gond art and illustrations, is published by Pratham under its 'Read India' movement in six languages including Hindu, Kannada, Marathi and English. The illustrations are by Sonal Goyal and Sumit Sakhuja.
The book begins with the disappearance of Vayu, one of the two horses in the village who pull carts. And everyone believes it is the elephant bird, only of its species living in Adhania, who has eaten the horse.