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"Purposeful, but both informative and heartfelt."—Kirkus Reviews

"Halsey and Addy's warm and expressive mixed-media collages incorporate vintage-looking illustrations and musical notation to emphasize the animal's various qualities...while remaining attentive to the affection between a mother and baby elephant."—Publishers Weekly 

About the Author

Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, a former middle-school teacher, is the author of three books, including Sketches from a Spy Tree, published by Clarion. She and her family live near Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information visit www.tracievaughnzimmer.com.

Sean Addy has illustrated a number of children’s books, both on his own and in collaboration with artist Megan Halsey. He lives and works in Port Jervis, New York.

Megan Halsey has illustrated more than 40 books for children, several of which she also authored. Her editorial art has appeared in magazines and on book jackets. A former Pratt Institute professor, she now teaches at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia and in the graduate program at Marywood University in Scranton, Pa. Megan lives in Lansdowne, Pa.


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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Clarion Books (February 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618903496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618903498
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"Do you have any elephant books?" This is an easy one. The children's librarian doesn't have to think too hard about it. Just walk on over to the right section of the non-fiction, find the correct Dewey Decimal number, grab the books, and there you go. Happy kid. Happy librarian. Of course it's not always that easy. Recently, and this is actually true, I've been encountering kids who want picture books about elephants. So my library whipped up an Elephant Picture Book List that includes all the great elephant related stories (Babar, Ella, Horton, Elephant and Piggie, you name it). It wasn't until I got my digits on Tracie Vaughn Zimmer's latest book of poems "Cousins of Clouds", though, that I realized that there's a middle ground between these pachyderm-related sections. I mean, what if you have a kid that wants a picture book about elephants but also wants some facts along the way? Whither goes the librarian? "Cousins of Clouds" is sort of a little nonfiction/poetry godsend then. Chock full of interesting elephant facts as well as cool poems, the book bridges the gap between fiction and nonfiction beautifully.

It's hard to wrap your head around an elephant, let alone your arms. Here we have creatures weighing between 6,000 and 16,000 pounds. Animals that sometimes starve in the streets of cities and sometimes visit the bones of their deceased.
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