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By R. P. Harris, Taeeun Yoo

Ten-year-old Tua—Thai for "peanut"—has every little thing she wishes at domestic in Chiang Mai, Thailand, apart from something she's regularly sought after: a sister. out there sooner or later, Tua makes an unintentional acquaintance—one with clever, loving eyes, striking energy, and a really curious trunk. And while Tua meets Pohn-Pohn, it truly is transparent this elephant wishes her support. jointly, the bizarre staff units off on a amazing trip to flee from Pohn-Pohn's vile captors. From the bustling evening industry to the hallowed halls of a Buddhist temple and eventually, to the sanctuary of an elephant safe haven, this smart lady and her liked better half locate that correct lower than their noses is precisely what every one has been trying to find: a pal.

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Tua lifted the woman in her palms and rubbed noses along with her. Tua nodded on the dozens of jasmine necklaces round her neck. “You odor more than enough to devour. Are you going to promote all of these this night? ” Lam shook her head no, then nodded certain. “Come, Lam,” Ananda stated. He reached for his sister, sat her down, and took her through the hand. “See you later, Tua! ” “Kha. ” Tua waved goodbye and stepped into the walking present. midway in the course of the marketplace, Tua stopped to observe a guy carve a bar of cleaning soap into the form of an elephant whilst she heard a voice name out in the back of her. “Does the little peanut desire a foot therapeutic massage? ” Tua spun round and searched the rows of individuals on mats having their muscle tissues and limbs pummeled and pulled until eventually she noticed Auntie Duan, the blind masseuse. “Sawatdee kha, Auntie. How do you know it was once me? ” “By the sound of your footsteps. ” “But it’s too noisy to listen to my footsteps,” Tua argued. “Then i have to have smelled you,” Duan shrugged. Tua nonetheless wasn’t confident. “What do I odor like? ” “Night jasmine and chocolate sauce,” guessed Auntie Duan. Tua opened her mouth yet was once too flabbergasted to talk. “Tua, don’t simply stand there along with your mouth placing open like a carp,” hollered Auntie Nam, the curry noodle seller. “Run over to Uncle Sip’s and fetch me a few bean sprouts. And don’t enable the previous bandit cheat you,” she warned, flipping a ten-baht coin into Tua’s palms. “Kha,” Tua stated, after last her mouth and analyzing the coin. Then she leapt into the industry like a cat, weaving her approach via and round the legs of the purchasers till she got here to a cease in entrance of Uncle Sip’s vegetable stand. “Sawatdee kha, Uncle. ” “What’s that? ” he barked, nonetheless indignant with the chef who had provided any such ridiculously low cost for his cabbages. a few humans didn’t appear to comprehend that lifestyles is a wheel, and that each residing factor is barely a spoke within the wheel of lifestyles. “Life is a wheel, Tua,” Uncle Sip declared unexpectedly, as though the belief had simply happened to him. “And we're simply spokes within the wheel of existence, Uncle. ” This reaction introduced Sip out of his reverie. He seemed down at Tua and grinned like a gecko. “You are so clever, Tua. Who taught you that? ” “You did, Uncle. ” “No ask yourself you’re so clever, then. Did you end your homework? ” “Kha,” Tua acknowledged, crossing her hands in the back of her again. “All complete. ” “Good. That’s stable, simply because you’ll by no means get forward during this international on evening marketplace philosophy by myself. you would like an schooling. Let’s try out your math and haggling talents. faux you’re the following to perform a little buying. ” “But i'm the following to do a little procuring. i would like bean sprouts for Auntie Nam. ” “Pretend you’ve come on an errand to shop for bean sprouts for Auntie Nam,” Sip prompt, as though this, too, was once an unique suggestion. “Ten baht a pound,” he introduced. Tua passed him the ten-baht coin. “You’re presupposed to haggle,” he whispered. “May i've got a few swap, please? ” Uncle Sip passed Tua a bag of bean sprouts and a five-baht coin. “Good. excellent indeed,” he acknowledged. “Well-mannered and forthright. Manners are more durable to educate than enterprise abilities.

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