"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.
— 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