Author R W Rhodes Depicts the Childhood Misadventures of Three Young Elephants, and How They Learn Important Life Lessons

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Playful Pachyderms Discover the Value of Sharing in New Picture Book

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The mischief of three roughhousing young elephants promises to captivate and entertain young readers everywhere. In Trunks, Snout, Nosey…and the Bright Shiny Stone, author RW Rhodes tells the story of a family of elephants, and portrays the importance of sharing and caring for fellow family values, with vividly colorful illustrations that bring the pachyderms and their energetic exploits to life.

The story is set in West Africa, where Trunk, Snout and Nosey enjoy an idyllic life grazing with their parents and swimming in the Congo River. One day, the three of them see a stone shining in the riverbed, and when they pull it out of the water, they become transfixed by its golden gleam. They all want it, and try to claim it as their own. They begin to squabble over the stone, and become jealous of each other. When things get out of hand, Trunk, Snout and Nosey will discover a lot about themselves, and readers will see how this unruly episode teaches them an invaluable life lesson.

Trunks, Snout, Nosey…and the Bright Shiny Stone is a book about kindness, sharing and working together for the greater good. Rhodes’ story, with its beautiful artwork, will delight parents and children everywhere while bringing a message of generosity and cooperation.

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About the Author
RW Rhodes was born on a farm in Bladen County, N.C. His first memories of wildlife were that of a mother bird searching for food and feeding her baby birds, as his own mother prepared breakfast for her husband and the rest of the family. His love of wildlife in its natural habitat continued as he completed his studies and served in the military. He currently resides in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area with his wife and three children.

Trunks, Snout, Nosey…and the Bright Shiny Stone * by RW Rhodes
Publication Date: November 26, 2012
Picture Book; $21.99; 34 pages; 978-1-4797-3923-3
Picture Book Hardcover; $31.99; 34 pages; 978-1-4797-3924-0
eBook; $3.99; 978-1-4797-3925-7

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