Why Do Elephants Need the Sun?

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There are trillions of stars in the universe, but we rely on our sun to provide (or contribute to) most of what we need to survive and thrive: heat, light, plants, animals, wind, and water. Complete with fun, cartoon illustrations, this book give kids plenty of information about our sun in an easy-to-read and digest format. By focusing on the needs of an elephant, Wells makes clear just how important the sun is to life on Earth.
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Overview


There are trillions of stars in the universe, but we rely on our sun to provide (or contribute to) most of what we need to survive and thrive: heat, light, plants, animals, wind, and water. Complete with fun, cartoon illustrations, this book give kids plenty of information about our sun in an easy-to-read and digest format. By focusing on the needs of an elephant, Wells makes clear just how important the sun is to life on Earth.
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School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Wells presents such concepts as photosynthesis, gravity, nuclear fusion, and the sun's effect on weather conditions in an appealing, easy-to-understand format. Pen and acrylic cartoon illustrations and simple diagrams strongly support and enhance the text. Information is factual and up-to-date (Pluto is not included with the solar system diagram) and covers the purposes and uses of the sun over the years, from telling time to generating electricity. By using the elephant to relate the level of importance the sun plays in the lives of all living things, Wells has found a unique way to teach some otherwise difficult concepts. Some readers might stumble over science terms such as "nuclear fusion," "electromagnetic energy," "photosphere," etc., although they are explained in both text and illustrations. The book concludes with 10 comic-strip-style panels of "Did You Know?" interesting facts. Overall, this is an excellent resource for budding young scientists.—Cathie Bashaw Morton, Millbrook Central School District, NY
Kirkus Reviews

Simple explanations of photosynthesis, the water cycle, gravity, nuclear fusion and sun energy are linked together by the answer to the title question: Elephants need the sun for food, water, oxygen and their earth-bound place in space. In Wells's latest exploration (What's So Special About Planet Earth?, 2009, etc.) of the natural world, he makes his complicated topic appealing with ink-and-acrylic illustrations showing both elephants and baboons among plants and trees, looking sadly at a dried-up water hole, cavorting in the rain, standing on a seesaw, even investigating a wind turbine. Large type and the definition of many key terms in context will help emergent readers. Three spreads require turning the book sideways, emphasizing the distance from sky to ground. A series of fast-fact panels at the end offer more about the sun, including some familiar statistics. A final "Thank You Note to the World's Scientists" mentions many branches of science that relate to this topic, but the author cites no specific sources. Less demanding and less informative than Molly Bang and Penny Chisholm's Living Sunlight (2009), this is an easy, solid introduction. (Informational picture book. 5-9)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619131422
  • Publisher: Weigl Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2012
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert E. Wells is the author and illustrator of many intriguing and award-winning science books for children, including Can You Count to a Googol? and What's So Special about Planet Earth? He lives with his wife in Wenatchee, Washington.

Robert E. Wells is the author and illustrator of many intriguing and award-winning science books for children, including Can You Count to a Googol? and What's So Special about Planet Earth? He lives with his wife in Wenatchee, Washington.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    WHY DO ELEPHANTS NEED THE SUN? by Robert E. Wells is another in

    WHY DO ELEPHANTS NEED THE SUN? by Robert E. Wells is another interesting Children's books/Science. Age range: 7-9 years/Grades: 2-4. Common Core Standard Teachers Guide. What an exciting and appealing introduction to the sun,its purpose,and scientific information. From Photosynthesis, to water cycle, to the sun itself,is just a few things discussed in this title. Another Standard Core for teachers. Not only educational but a fun learning tool for teachers and parents alike. A great way to learn of the sun and its purposes. The illustrations are awesome too. Received for an honest review from the publishers.
    RATING: 4
    HEAT RATING: NONE(CHILDREN'S BOOKS)
    REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews

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