Isaac, an emissary for Charlemange, is sent
to Baghdad to bring tidings of peace to
the Caliph. The Caliph accepts with the
return offering of Abulabaz the elephant.
Isaac must now find his way back to
France--with the elephant. Together the
two travelers manage to finish their
journey and become fast friends in the
Manson relies on a delicate, conspiratorial
voice to convey the thoughts and apprehnsions
of both Isaac and Abulabaz, allowing the
reader to gain insight into both beings'
perspectives. His bright colored pencil and
watercolor illustrations add clever details
to the text, such as Isaac and Abulabaz
peering at each other out of the corners
of their eyes upon their first meeting.
Manson also incorporates important cultural
details by accurately representing cultures,
clothing, and settings. The combination of
voice and artwork makes Two Travelers an
apporchable, friendly book appropriate for