A Picture Book Review of SHE LEADS



Written by June Smalls

Illustrated by Yumi Shimokawara

No. of Pages : 32

Ages 3-8

As a member of On The Scene in 19 (a group of debut picture book, chapter book and middle grade authors publishing in 2019/2020), I am literally surrounded by the wonderful work of these creative authors.

SHE LEADS is a poignant picture book written by June Smalls and illustrated by by Yumi Shimokawara, about a matriarchal elephant society.

Inspiring text and striking illustrations follow the empowering journey of an elephant matriarch as she leads her family through the wilds of Africa. June Smalls offers fun facts in this moving, lyrical story about African elephants along with a powerful message about real girl power that will encourage young girls to be the trailblazers of their generation. SHE LEADS offers an incredible story and an unforgettable tribute to the strength of a true leader.

This is a stunning book with educational facts and notes on female empowerment. Readers can enjoy the spare text, or delve into the facts about elephants provided in smaller print sprinkled throughout.

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