Elephant's Story

Elephant's Story

by Harriet Blackford, Manja Stojic, Manya Stojic
     
 

The newest elephant in the herd is adorably small and wrinkly, with floppy ears and a most extraordinary nose. Though she’s a baby, it isn’t long before she’s charging around her mother, flapping those big ears to frighten the birds, learning to control her trunk, playing with other calves…and charming children everywhere. This is

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Overview

The newest elephant in the herd is adorably small and wrinkly, with floppy ears and a most extraordinary nose. Though she’s a baby, it isn’t long before she’s charging around her mother, flapping those big ears to frighten the birds, learning to control her trunk, playing with other calves…and charming children everywhere. This is non-fiction at its freshest—filled with valuable information presented through a dramatic, exciting, and memorably illustrated story. Kids will love watching this infant grow up, surrounded by a loving family that’s always there to protect her. At the same time, young readers will find out important facts about this endangered species: how the herd behaves, why they may one day disappear, and what different kinds of elephants live around the world.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 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

Kirkus Reviews
This simple tale of the life of a herd of elephants, as told from the point-of-view of their newest arrival, teaches readers what it might be like to be one. The many trunks of the herd members stroke the new baby to welcome her-they will all protect her if danger threatens. Soon Elephant is playing with the other youngsters and learning how to use her trunk. Time passes, and her mother has another baby to watch over. The herd is hungry, as there has been no rain, so they trample a fence around a green field and eat hungrily. But when the farmer comes to frighten them away, it is Elephant who goes back for her sibling and leads it to safety. Stojic limns her subjects with a mystical quality that makes them seem human-like in their actions. Lushly painted illustrations put readers at Elephant's eye-level, broadly daubed paints giving the elephants both mass and texture. A good introduction to both elephants and empathy. (author's note) (Picture book/nonfiction. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781905417759
Publisher:
Boxer Books
Publication date:
05/06/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.10(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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