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The BoBo & Iris Series

BoBo Finds a Friend
Book One in BoBo & Iris

This is the first title in the BoBo and Iris series of books, about BoBo, an orphaned baby elephant who lives in an Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya. His friend, Iris, a wise and whimsical Egret teaches him how to meet the challenges of coping with the trauma of losing his mother and being accepted by a new herd of Elephants


All books in the series are intended to explore the life skills learned by elementary schoolers, as well as themes of endangered African wildlife.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of this book is donated to Elephant Aid International and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, organisations dedicated to elephant conservation. For more information on how you can support these organisations read on.

Published October 2021.

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New Friends for BoBo
Book Two in BoBo & Iris

BoBo learns how to overcome his shyness and grows the courage to try and make new friends. With the support of Iris, his best friend, he discovers the fun he can have with new friends.

Published July 2022.

BoBo and the Red Blanket
Book Three in BoBo & Iris

In the third book of the series, BoBo learns to share with others and how important it is to trust a friend.

Published November 2022.

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Illustrator - Tina Salvesen
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Artist, Tina Salvesen, is an established painter, illustrator and art teacher based in Miami, Florida. Her work focuses on fine mark making with the use of charcoal, pencil, ink, watercolor, pastels, paint and encaustic to create her artwork.


Regarded as a master draftsman, she has won many awards in various shows throughout the USA and abroad. Tina's deep affection for her grandchild and young children everywhere inspires her children's book illustrations. 


"Bobo Finds A Friend is a really endearing book, with lovely illustrations and a truly moving story. It gently reminds us that bad things happen, and then shifts seamlessly into an uplifting tale of friendship and recovery. There are good things waiting for Bobo, thanks to the devotion of his new friend Iris, and I think it gives children a real sense of the power of friendship. I have numerous former students with young children; I plan to send them copies of Bobo Finds a Friend to read with their kids. Great book."

Linda C

"The story is so tender and it takes you through many emotions. We get a glimpse of how Bobo became an orphan so it may be a little emotional for small children. Soon the egret flies in and the story takes a hopeful turn. My son loved the egret that motivates Bobo to turn around and go back to the elephant sanctuary. He spent most of the week after getting the book playing “elephant and egret” with his brother."

One More Book, Mama

I proudly support
Elephant Aid International

Elephant Aid International

EAI’s mission is to end the worldwide suffering of elephants by creating innovative approaches to the care and management of elephants in captivity. EAI gives hands-on assistance to improve standards of care; teaches humane methods of training and handling; raises public awareness of the lives and needs of elephants; models new standards of care at its Elephant Refuge North America, where elephants can retire, recover and thrive.

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established 45 years ago by a family with a deep passion for Kenya and its wilderness. The organisation is renowned for its Orphans' Project, which is the world's first and most successful elephant orphan rescue and rehabilitation program.

Elephant Conservation
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To learn more or to get involved visit The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and Elephant Aid International.

Elephants are not only the largest land mammal on earth, but they are also incredibly intelligent, emotional, self-aware and highly social creatures. Despite their significance in the environment, elephants face numerous threats to their survival due to ivory poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and habitat destruction. In the early 20th century, African elephant populations were estimated to be between 3-5 million, but today, it is estimated that there are only 400,000 left.

Elephants are a keystone species, meaning their presence has a significant impact on the ecosystem in which they live. Without them, entire ecosystems would be drastically altered or cease to exist. Elephants' dietary habits and movements help create and maintain habitats for other animals such as antelopes, zebras, wildebeests, as well as smaller animals and insects. They can travel over 80km in a day,  when it rains, their large footprints act as water collectors and serve as a vital water source for smaller animals, and they play an essential role in the spread of plant seeds by pulling up grass and bushes when they eat, making room for new plants to grow while also dispersing plant seeds to new areas through their dung.

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