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Elephant's Story Hardcover – May 6, 2008
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Grade 1–3—As in Tiger's Story (Boxer Bks., 2007), this lovely book subtly introduces general facts about the subject animal through a simple tale of its first few years. Mother elephant stands over her large baby, sheltering her with tree-trunk-size legs as the youngster takes its first wobbly steps. Then the little one learns how to use her trunk to drink water and to eat grass. When in danger, she is protected by the herd. As time progresses, another calf is born into the extended family, and it is Elephant's turn to protect the new arrival from the farmer's noisy machinery, leading it back to the safety of its elders. The large text is well placed on the warm, sun-drenched paintings that show the elephants and other animals in the lush green pastures and dry yellow grasses of the African savanna. Children are sure to enjoy finding the duck that appears on almost every spread. An author's note elaborates on the few facts mentioned, giving children a good introduction to the world's largest land mammal.—Kristine M. Casper, Huntington Public Library, NY
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Steeped in zoology, this handsome picture book tells a fictional story of one young elephant born on the vast African savanna. Pictures show elephants in their natural habitats, focusing on a baby elephant, nurtured and protected by its mother, taught to use the watering hole, rescued after landing in the mud, then acting as protector to its younger sibling. When the hungry elephant herd breaks into a farmer’s field, he drives them off in the dust with his big, noisy vehicle. Young environmentalists will hear the call to protect these endangered elephants, which are threatened by ivory hunters and by agricultural development. A lengthy note fills in facts, including how African savanna elephants differ from other elephants. Preschool-Grade 2. --Hazel Rochman