“Faithful Elephants”- How a children’s story taught me war is terrible


J.W. Wartick - Reconstructing Faith

faithful-elephantsI vividly remember the day I first had read to me Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and Warby Yukio Tsuchiya. [There are SPOILERS for this short children’s book in this post.] I was around 5 years old. My family was looking at a garage sale and I saw the book, which looked interesting to me. We brought it home and my mom read it to me. I remember we were both crying by the end. I was inconsolable for a while. “Why did the elephants have to die?” I remember asking.

The story of Faithful Elephants is a story about three elephants at a zoo in Japan during World War II. It was the late part of the war and Japan was being bombed. The army was worried the zoo would be hit and animals would escape and harm people. Thus, they poisoned the tigers, bears, and…

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2 thoughts on ““Faithful Elephants”- How a children’s story taught me war is terrible

  1. What a sad book. War is a terrible thing. LIke you I’m not saying this as an extreme pacifists. Even with my time in the Marines I don’t think anything can ever prepare someone to see the horrors of war firsthand. Like the book I felt the saddest moments of war was seeing the damages war cause to those outside of uniform.

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