Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyBiologist Ian Redmond pays tribute to the pachyderm in The Elephant Book, with breathtaking photos of the African landscape. Divided into sections such as "The Architect of Africa," "Trunks and Tusks" and "Peaceful Coexistence," and peppered with quotes from the likes of David Attenborough and Jane Goodall, the book seeks to stop the ivory trade and eliminate poaching. Half the royalties go to the Elefriends Campaign, an elephant protection group based in London. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers WeeklyBiologist Ian Redmond pays tribute to the pachyderm in The Elephant Book, with breathtaking photos of the African landscape. Divided into sections such as "The Architect of Africa," "Trunks and Tusks" and "Peaceful Coexistence," and peppered with quotes from the likes of David Attenborough and Jane Goodall, the book seeks to stop the ivory trade and eliminate poaching. Half the royalties go to the Elefriends Campaign, an elephant protection group based in London. ( Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's LiteratureElephants are majestic and graceful creatures and quite unique in the world. It is this uniqueness that has caused the number of elephants in the world to decrease so dramatically within the last two decades. Elefriends is an organization made up of people who wish to correct this tragedy. It is with this goal in mind that Redmond provides a beautiful book designed with information and insight into these gentle and intelligent creatures. Every aspect, from basic biology to the make-up of family units, is explored. While there is not a lot of detail, the information provided gives a clear overview of elephants and whets the appetite for more. Full-color photos are provided, offering a closer look at the information they illustrate. The text includes quotes from famous and not-so-famous advocates of elephants, and the preface and introduction are written by the co-founder and current president of Elefriends. Redmond does not sugar coat the devastation inflicted on elephants due to the desire for the tusks of the elephants. The work of poachers and collectors of ivory is presented in startling detail, and serves to emphasize the importance that must be placed on saving elephants. Part of the proceeds from the sales of this book will go to the Elefriends organization. 2001, Candlewick Press, $17.95. Ages 10 to 18. Reviewer:Danielle Williams
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4 Up-A stunning, oversized book, updated from the 1991 edition (Overlook; o.p.), and dedicated to the Elefriends Campaign to save these animals. Quotations from prominent scientists and students of elephant life are interspersed with a clear and entertaining text that takes up various basic aspects of the animal's life in roughly chronological order. Each spread deals with one topic and is accompanied by spectacular full-color photos; both text and pictures are large and set on white or occasional black pages with striking effect. The book's emphasis is on the animals' endangered status, and scientists' increasing realization that their life is very complex and very human in some aspects. For instance, they have a matriarchal society and extended family groups, they grieve for their dead for months, and they greet family members after long separations with "elephantine joy." There are many books on these creatures already on library shelves, and most of the information presented here is readily available elsewhere. However, this book is special because of its striking format and absorbing text, both of which immediately engage readers. As one of the quotations points out: "We can replant forests, and even reclaim deserts in time, but no one, when the last elephant has gone, can make another." Make room on the shelves for this one-it's a fine choice for recreational reading as well as for reports.-Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
- Candlewick Press
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- Edition description:
- 1ST CANDLE
- Product dimensions:
- 9.50(w) x 11.38(h) x 0.42(d)
- Age Range:
- 8 - 12 Years
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