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The Elephant Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) Hardcover – July 11, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • 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: 9.3 x 11.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"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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This book is great for children of all ages and even adults.
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There is still so much to learn about these majestic creatures and I enjoyed very much reading these interesting facts.
Kristina Marshall
It makes you feel as if you are actually in Africa watching the elephants.
Jessica

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristina Marshall on November 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Elephant Scientist is an informational picture book that inspires children and adults alike. It tells the story of a scientists that follows the elephants to learn more about their behavior and communication. Elephants live in a matriarch society and stay together. Perhaps the most interesting fact found in the book is that the elephants communicate through vibrations in their limbs. There is still so much to learn about these majestic creatures and I enjoyed very much reading these interesting facts. While I believe it is a bit long and wordy to be used in an early elementary classroom, the information found in the book can be used to enhance anyone's knowledge about elephants in their natural habitat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica Henriquez on November 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I am an animal lover and have always found elephants to be particularly interesting so this book was perfect for me. The Elephant Scientist is filled with detailed pictures that really make you take a good look at elephants and help the reader see what the scientists see. They make you feel like you are actually in Africa! This book is informational and teaches both about elephants themselves as well as the research process that scientists go through to find the information. This is definitely a book that should not be judged by its cover. I must admit, I did so at first and thought it would be dry, but I only fell more in love with the elephant.
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Format: Hardcover
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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By Michelle967 on September 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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