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Editorial Reviews


"The Elephant Scientist, with its clear writing, concise explanation of complex concepts, and exceptional photography, is a first-rate addition to the series." --New York Journal of Books

"This intriguing volume from the Scientists in the Field series will interest readers." --Booklist

"The many color photographs, predominantly from the Namibian field sites, capture the majestic elder elephants, their always-appealing offspring, and the dusty, rugged landscapes in which the scientists and research assistants camp and work." --Horn Book 

"This amazing presentation is a must-have for all collections." - School Library Journal, starred review

About the Author

Donna M. Jackson is an award-winning author of nonfiction books for children and holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her works include the critically acclaimed Elephant Scientists, Bone Detectives, Bug Scientists, and Wildlife Detectives—all honored by the NSTA/CBC’s Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children award; ER Vets, an Orbis Pictus and ASPCA Henry Bergh honor book; and Extreme Scientists, named a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children, 2009. 
When she’s not writing about scientists in the field, Donna enjoys reading, skiing, gardening, hiking in the mountains, and spending time with her family. She lives in Colorado. Learn more about Donna at her website: http://www.donnamjackson.net.

The photographers Caitlin O’Connell, Ph.D., and Timothy Rodwell, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., are scientists and professional photographers that have blended art and science to help make science more accessible and engaging. Their photography has appeared in National Geographic, National Wildlife Magazine, Discover, Science News, Africa Geographic, and many other international magazines, scientific journals, and newspapers. More of their elephant photography will appear in their forthcoming photography book An Elephant's Life, which will feature every aspect of an elephant's life in rich detail. Caitlin is on the faculty in the Stanford School of Medicine and Timothy is an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 1260L (What's this?)
  • Series: Scientists in the Field Series
  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (July 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547053444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547053448
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Caitlin O'Connell was one of those children who loved animals and enjoyed watching them. Although she could have easily observed the behaviors of her goat and its two kids, Caitlin was more captivated by frogs. When it came time to head off to college, she had considered premed, but the natural world was on her mind. She later claimed "While I was fascinated by medicine, I was more interested in animal behavior and the world of field biology." Caitlin was going to be an etymologist. Her unusual interest in the planthopper and its communication patterns would lead her to discover something amazing about elephants.

As luck would have it, Caitlin was offered the opportunity to study elephants in their natural habitat. She would be living and working in Africa, but little did she know the importance that time would offer us in our understanding of these magnificent animals. It all began when she, and her future husband, Dr. Tim Rodwell, were offered "a three-year job studying elephant movements, habitat, behavior, an interactions with people." In Caprivi, Namibia people were having problems with the elephants. Caitlin later remarked, "they'll eat a whole year's worth of a family's food in a single night." It was becoming an urgent situation.

The scientists were at a loss when they first began studying the elephants because they didn't know quite where to begin. Something had to be done because people needed their crops, but elephants needed to roam and to eat. The battle was ongoing and it wasn't a pleasant one, especially when the farmers retaliated. Caitlin, who had studied how insects and animals communicate, decided to approach it from that standpoint. Just how did they communicate and could she somehow "tell" them to keep away from those crops?
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The Elephant Scientist is a great book foretelling much information on elephants and their habitat. The authors Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson did a wonderful job providing information about elephants in Namibia, Africa. Let's not forget Timothy Rodwell and Caitlin herself who captured wonderful pictures of these amazing mammals. The photos made it seem as if you were actually there and have an alive-like kind of feature. I, myself have learned some new information and terminology about elephants. This would be a great book for people who are fascinated by elephants and a must have for educators to keep. This would go great to follow up on a lesson, starting a new one, or simply just in the library center. I love the fact how this book includes glossary terms that way in case you didn't understand a word in the text you can look it up in the back. It also included source notes which can be very helpful as well. Overall, it was an informative book that captures readers to learn about elephants.
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When I first picked up this book at the library I did not think I would enjoy it as much as I did. Although it is very informational it is very interesting. The photography is superb! It makes you feel as if you are actually in Africa watching the elephants. The layout of the book is very easy to follow. From the random facts on different pages to the main text to the glossary that is found in the back it is full of interesting information. Who would have ever known elephants listen through their feet or handshake with their trunks. From elephant's anatomy to an elephant's mother instincts it can all be found in this book. It is a must have for a middle school classroom. Whether you are interested in elephants or not it is a great read!
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I was unsure if I was going to be interested or focused when reading this book. The complete opposite came to life when I opened it and did a book walk. The photos in the book are so vivid, clear, and beautiful to look at that I found myself bringing the book closer to see everything about it. O'Connell and Rodwell took amazing pictures allowing one to imagine themselves next to the photographers. I found myself looking at the detail of many pictures especially of the elephant skin and would have never known the importance of all their wrinkles. Unlike many people who try to get rid of wrinkles, I'm sure elephants hope for more. This book discusses how they settle into a new area to showing that elephants do have good memory.

Not only is this book very informative of how an elephant lives but also demonstrates the research process to learn more about this interesting mammal. This is a perfect book to add to a library when both learning the process of researching a topic and learning about lives of animals such as elephants. Authors O'Connell and Jackson did an outstanding job in keeping the readers engaged throughout the book with their details and learned knowledge.

I liked the layout of the book which can be easily read and understood by many if not most children who are fluent readers. The authors included a glossary (Pachyderm terms) to help children with words that may not have been understood. As I have already mentioned, this is a great book to keep in one's home or school library especially when learning about this interesting animal.
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