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5 Elephants
     

5 Elephants

by Rob Laidlaw
 

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Part of the "5 Animals" series!

Elephants are truly remarkable, unmistakable animals. Their huge size, giant ears, amazing trunk and incredible intelligence make them unique in the natural world. They are highly active, complex, wideranging animals who play a key role in the ecosystems they inhabit.

5 Elephants will provide you with some

Overview


Part of the "5 Animals" series!

Elephants are truly remarkable, unmistakable animals. Their huge size, giant ears, amazing trunk and incredible intelligence make them unique in the natural world. They are highly active, complex, wideranging animals who play a key role in the ecosystems they inhabit.

5 Elephants will provide you with some fascinating elephant facts and figures, as well as introduce you to some of the serious challenges that wild and captive elephants face. To truly understand elephants, though, we must also get to know them as individuals. We must learn their stories.

In 5 Elephants, you'll read the stories of five famous elephants:

  • You'll meet Echo, a wild elephant who thrived in her natural environment, surrounded by her family.
  • You'll also read about Lucy, an elephant living alone in a Canadian zoo, and
  • Tarra, an entertainment elephant who is now living out her days at a sanctuary.
  • You'll discover why Tusko, a travelling entertainment elephant, had such a tragic life,
  • and you'll meet Thandora, a zoo elephant who was given a new life in the wild.

Explore the lives of these elephants:

  • Understand what elephants need to be happy and healthy.
  • Examine the differences between zoos and sanctuaries.
  • Learn about the challenges of captivity and endangerment in the wild.
  • Discover what you can do to become an Elephant Guardian.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This is an excellent resource that will introduce kids to or get them talking about animal protection, the challenges of captivity and the endangerment of elephants in the wild. Laidlaw has written a comprehensive book that will help children understand more about these magnificent creatures and their way of life.

"The layout and design of the book have been well thought out and beautifully presented. . . This is a resource that should adorn the shelves of classrooms and libraries everywhere."
Canadian Children's Book News

"The stories are written in an engaging style, and the alternate factual chapters address any questions that arise from them. Young animal lovers will see opportunities to become involved with wildlife conservation and protection activities to improve the plight of the world's remaining elephants. Top quality photos help the reader gain insight into elephant lives and challenges and to feel empathy for these amazing animals.
Highly Recommended."
CM Magazine

"Discover what you can do to help and become an Elephant Guardian. Anyone who loves animals will love this book!"
National Science Teachers Association

"This book is geared to younger readers but anyone who loves reading about animals and their role in nature will enjoy this book also."
Shelf Life

"It's a delicate balance, given the author's obvious passion for elephants and his zeal to protect them, to present the information in such a way that it inspires activism rather than alienates with proselytizing, and for the most part, he succeeds. Part of this success is due to the book's upbeat design?it's full of color photos and includes featurettes titled "Good News for Elephants." A worthy book that encourages ethical thinking about elephants."
Kirkus Reviews

"5 Elephants is an exciting nonfiction title. . . Amazing stories."
Midwest Book Review

School Library Journal
09/01/2014
Gr 4–6—This heartfelt book provides an overview of elephants as well as an argument for why these creatures are ill suited to captivity. Laidlaw has a reputation for animal rights education, and here again he calls upon readers to become elephant guardians. Well-chosen photographs and well-written text emphasize the importance of this cause. Laidlaw provides information on elephants (their family structure, body parts, and place in the ecosystem) and discusses how humans have intruded, poaching them as well as taking them from the wild for entertainment purposes. His description of the illegal ivory trade is especially heartbreaking, touching upon confiscated stashes that were burned by governments trying to squash the lucrative business. Laidlaw is critical of zoos and circuses, explaining that elephants' physical and mental health cannot be maintained properly in captivity, resulting in nightmarish conditions. He provides poignant details of the lives and struggles of five individual elephants inhabiting different settings: the wild, a zoo, a circus, and a sanctuary. There's also an elephant that has returned to the wild after living in captivity. The book is nicely organized, including suggestions of actions to take and a list of elephant interest groups. A solid source for reports on endangered species and an ideal jumping-off point for those seeking a volunteer project.—Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-20
A primer on elephants and a plea to help them. Writing in easy-to-understand language, with a glossary for unusual words, Laidlaw describes the challenges facing today's elephants, both those in the wild and those in captivity. Within this overarching theme, he delivers a wealth of elephant-related information: the different species of elephants; where they live in the wild; what they eat; how they communicate; how they raise their young; their social structure; physiological information on skin, tusks, teeth and feet. With so much to cover, at times the organization gets a bit muddled. To give readers a personal connection, the author devotes each of five chapters to a profile of an individual elephant. Their stories range from inspiring to depressing since the author does not sugarcoat the often poor treatment of elephants by humans, whether it is in zoos and circuses, as work animals or as the victims of ivory poachers. It's a delicate balance, given the author's obvious passion for elephants and his zeal to protect them, to present the information in such a way that it inspires activism rather than alienates with proselytizing, and for the most part, he succeeds. Part of this success is due to the book's upbeat design—it's full of color photos and includes featurettes titled "Good News for Elephants." A worthy book that encourages ethical thinking about elephants. (resources, glossary, bibliography, index, image credits) (Nonfiction. 8-14)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554553167
Publisher:
Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Limited
Publication date:
05/30/2014
Series:
5 Animals Series , #1
Pages:
88
Sales rank:
481,998
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

Read an Excerpt

INTRODUCTION

You might be wondering why this book is entitled 5 Elephants. Like most books about elephants, this book is intended to provide you with some fascinating elephant facts and figures. I also want to tell you about some of the serious challenges that wild and captive elephants face. To truly understand elephants, though, we need to know more than just some basic information about how they function and live. We must also get to know them as individuals. We must learn their stories. That’s why I’ve called this book 5 Elephants. It features the stories of five famous elephants.
Two of those five elephants, Lucy and Tarra, are still alive today, and their stories continue to unfold. Tusko, Echo and Thandora, the three other elephants featured in this book, are no longer with us, but their stories and legacies live on. I hope you’ll be inspired by all of them.

Elephants are truly remarkable, unmistakable animals. Their huge size, giant ears, amazing trunk and incredible intelligence make them unique in the natural world.
We know a lot more about elephants today than we ever did in the past. The observations of scientists who have spent many years observing wild elephants tell us that elephants are highly active, complex, wide-ranging animals that play a key role in the ecosystems they inhabit.
Everyone recognizes elephants. They’ve been featured in stories, cartoons and movies; they’ve appeared in circuses, travelling shows and zoos. The elephant is one of the world’s most popular animals.
Throughout the years, I’ve visited some of the locations where wild elephants live, and I’ve been able to observe elephants in captivity all over the world. I’ve also been involved in many campaigns to help both captive and wild elephants. Through those campaigns, I’ve met many people who work tirelessly to help elephants. I call them the Elephant Guardians. They provide hope for elephants everywhere.

Elephants need our help—now more than ever. So read on, learn and become inspired, so that you, too, can become an Elephant Guardian.

Meet the Author

Rob Laidlaw has spent the past 25 years campaigning to protect wild animals in captivity and in the wild. His work has taken him from the polar north to tropical Asia and includes more than 1,000 visits to zoos around the world. A Chartered Biologist, avid outdoorsman, and cave explorer, he is a founder of the wildlife protection organization Zoocheck Canada.

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