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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Sieta remembers a happy home far away over the mountains, but now she is living with her Aunty in a place she calls Home Now. Her new home is a busy, friendly place, but Sieta can't seeem to smile. Then one day she meets an orphaned baby elephant at the elephant park, and she begins to see things in a different light.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Lesley Beake’s international flair, give her books an authentic feel. Beake grew up and attended school in Scotland, but her heart lies in Africa. She has traveled and lived in Africa for forty years. Her African adventures and work with children have inspired her stories, and helped her create authentic works of art. (

Beake’s intended purpose for Home Now is to gain awareness of the AIDS epidemic in Africa. She tells this story through Sieta’s eyes; a littl
Courtney Dyer
Home Now is a post-apartheid South African picture book about a little girl named Sieta who has become an orphan after losing both of her parents to illness. She now lives with her Aunty in a place everyone calls “home now” and can’t help but to feel sad when she remembers her old home over the mountains. One day, when Sieta’s class visits an elephant park, she finally finds comfort through companionship with the smallest orphan elephant, Satara.

What a sweet and gentle story! This book is sure t
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Home Now is a sad story about a girl whose parents die from Aids in Africa and she is sent to live with her aunt who tells her that this is her home now. She meets an elephant who was also orphaned from her family and she learns to relate to this elephant. I feel the intended audience is for people all over the world. This book is a nice story for people of Africa, but also for people wanting to learn more about the African culture and challenges they are facing. I think people of all cultures w ...more
Mrs. Blomquist
After a little girl looses both of her parents she must find a new home with her Aunt in a much busier town than she is used to. One thing she does find is a friendship with an orphan elephant at the elephant park. This loving relationship helps the little girl cope with the traumatic loss of her parents.

This picture book is a moving story of loss and how one can cope with it. This being said, young readers may question just how the girl’s parents die. This is not specifically identified throug
Ramanda Flannery
This book about a little girl who has been sent to live with her aunt because both of her parents died of AIDS. She is sad and misses her home and parents. Her class takes a fieldtrip to a nature reserve and she becomes intised by a baby elephant whose family has gone off to hunt and is left alone. The next day the little girl goes back to the reserve and hangs out with the elephant again and realizes that she isn't alone, she has her aunt. When she goes home her aunt has planted the same plants ...more
Scooping it Up
Mar 23, 2013 rated it it was ok
WAY depressing for children. I think it presents important themes to talk about with children, but there was a lot of big hurt feelings and not a lot of resolution or talk about what to do with those big hurt feelings, Two stars seems so negative, but it means "it was OK" and it was. I edited a lot and had to do a LOT of damage control after. The book didn't fend for itself, so if you have kids who've lost family or can relate at all to fear, death, sickness, etc, this is a trigger book that mig ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit, picture-books
Sieta's parents have died (back matter explains their situation) and she goes to live with her aunt in a place Sieta calls "Home Now." She struggles to accept her new home and keeps mental pictures of her past "behind her eyes" to remember. But, on a school field trip she meets an orphaned baby elephant and immediately feels connected to him. Slowly she begins to let pictures of the past fade, begins to heal, and accepts her "Home Now" as HOME. Expansive watercolors support the emotional content ...more
Poor little Sieta is taken away from her mom and dad after they passed away, and she now lives with her Aunty at Home Now. Sieta remembers and misses times with her parents and is very sad. One day, Sieta meets an orphaned baby elephant, Satara, and finds a friend in the small elephant. Sieta learns to be happy thanks to the elephant and decides to make friends with the children at Home Now. The illustrations in this book are absolutely beautiful.

-The note at the end of the book speaks of AIDS
Katie Curry
This book is about Sieta, a young girl who is dealing with the loss of both parents due to AIDS. Sieta has to cope with trying to find her place in a new home.
I would use this book in my classroom to talk about loss and even in a compare and contrast unit to discuss diseases that plague other countries worse than they do in the U.S. and why.
Kindergarten-Grade 3 SLJ
A girl's parents die (from AIDS) and she goes to live in her new "home now" with her aunt. While there she befriends an orphaned elephant and slowly adjusts to her new life. Multiculural. Fantastic illustrations. Good story.
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
This story was about an orphan child who became close to an elephant when she found out that the elephant was an orphan too. This would be a good story to read to talk about the different types of families we may have in the classroom.
Robyn Simmons
Oct 16, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: primary readers
This story tells about a young girl whose parents die. She then goes to live with her aunt in an African village. She learns many new things and meets some great friends. This story is a nice example to help children cope with death. It focuses on the transition of the main character.
Amy Burch
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
The main character is taken away from her home once her parents die of AIDS. She now has to live with her aunt. While living with her aunt she connects with a baby elephant. This book was very sad but would be an excellent book to read when talking about diseases.
An AIDS orphan adapts to her new home with her aunt after meeting a small elephant at the animal orphanage. Lovely, realistic watercolors.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
Beautiful pictures and soft story about a grieving girl's relation to an elephant calf.
Tamara the Librarian
Oct 17, 2009 rated it liked it
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Set in South Africa-- story about a girl who loses her parents to AIDS and is very sad but starts to feel better when she meets an orphaned elephant at a refuge.
Dakota Mcintosh
This is a great story about a young girl losing her parents and then becoming friends with an elephant.
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Lesley Beake has been involved with writing and editing children’s stories for twenty years now and has published nearly seventy books. All her stories are set in Africa and are rich in African imagery and landscape. They vary from picture books for the very young, to novels for teenagers, with a good spread of stories for all ages in between.

Much of her work involves writing for readers who are r
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