Delivering Books via Boom-Boom (Earth Current)

Elephantback riders in Thailand; photo by Jodi Cobb

When visiting Laos, book publisher Sasha Alyson noticed that most Laotians had few books to read and their children appeared to have none at all. So when the Bostonian pulled up stakes and moved there permanently, he taught himself the language and started producing beautiful books illustrated by local artists. In order to get the books to kids, Alyson & his staff depend on Boom-Boom, an Asian elephant to get them to the remotest of villages.

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About Cathy Hunter

I have worked as an archivist at National Geographic for over 20 years and particularly love learning more about our old expeditions.
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