This spellbinding combination of words and images gives children a glimpse into the world of east African wildlife. Bashi is a newborn elephant calf who begins his exploration of life with his mother, Neo, and an elephant herd. When they visit the waterhole, however, Bashi becomes mired in the mud. A trio of lionesses watches and waits to attack, but Neo and the other grown elephants refuse to give them a chance. Once they have succeeded in freeing young Bashi, the herd moves away, keeping its youngest member "safe inside a great forest of legs." Gently told in Theresa Radcliffe's simple text, Bashi's story is exquisitely illustrated by John Butler, whose carefully researched watercolors succeed in evoking both the lush magnificence of the vast landscape and the details of the animals' appearances. The genuine concern of the elephants for their young shines in the context of a natural world alive with sweeping emotion, making this "day in the life" as moving and as realistic as the National Geographic film that inspired its creation.