Rx: ELEPHANT COMPANY by Vicki Croke

PRESCRIPTIVE READING

Vicki Croke is an incredibly talented storyteller, who takes the extraordinary journey of Billy Williams and weaves it into a narrative that’s alive with the dangers, mystery, and awe of the 1920s Burma.

ELEPHANT COMPANY follows young Billy Williams who takes on the adventure of a lifetime after serving in WWI and travels to a logging colony in Burma to learn to manage and train elephants. Williams learns everything from elephant anatomy and behavior to the landscape and weather patterns of Burma. Williams was the first to use positive reinforcement as a training tool for work animals, and he single-handedly convinced his superiors to open a training program that raises its own elephants instead of using force and violence to convert wild adult elephants into working animals, believing that “separating such bonded elephants was wrong, ‘indeed cruel.'” Williams remained in Burma with his elephants during WWII, during which he saved…

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