Yi-Min, smallest and most indulged daughter of the Chinese Emperor, longs to see an elephant. Her father agrees to take her on an elephant hunt, but when Yi-Min sees a big wolf, she mistakes it for an elephant, and the same happens with a stripy tiger and a shaggy brown bear. Finally, she catches sight of elephants, and her delight leads to a birthday promise that Yi-Min's elephants will continue to pad softly over the earth. Caroline Heaton's original story, set in the T'ang dynasty and featuring China's legendary white elephants, is atmospherically illustrated by Tim Vyner.
Caroline Heaton is a children's librarian and has co-edited two anthologies of short stories, Close Company: Stories of Mothers and Daughters and Caught in a Story: Contemporary Fairytales and Fables. Tim Vyner won the 2001 Royal Watercolour Society's Fresh Fields Award for work painted in China. His books include The Tree, Dragon Mountain and Swallow Tale and World Team.