ZigZag - What Did One Elephant Say to the Other?

ZigZag - What Did One Elephant Say to the Other?

by Becky Baines
     
 

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What Did One Elephant Say to the Other? Imagine a herd of elephants all talking to each other. How do they do it? What do they tell each other? Readers will learn a lot about elephants, habitats, animal communication, and much more. With their curiosity piqued, readers then Zigzag to other questions...what if elephants lived in a different environment? How

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What Did One Elephant Say to the Other? Imagine a herd of elephants all talking to each other. How do they do it? What do they tell each other? Readers will learn a lot about elephants, habitats, animal communication, and much more. With their curiosity piqued, readers then Zigzag to other questions...what if elephants lived in a different environment? How do other creatures communicate? How can I do an experiment to talk like an elephant?

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Children's Literature - Pat Trattles
In this "Zigzag Book" from National Geographic Kids, young readers will learn how elephants communicate with each other using their whole bodies to signal what they want. In a mere 10 sentences readers learn what it means, for example, when an elephant's ears flap back and forth, or it beats the ground with its trunk. Additional information is presented in sidebar comments or drawings. The illustrations are simple and color filled with very little white space. Backgrounds are in vivid shades of orange, purple, green and yellow, a different color on each two-page spread. Even the sentences are colorful. For example, in the line, "An elephant's ears slap back and forth to tell you to stay away," the words ears, slap and stay away are printed in green while the remainder of the words in the sentence are white. Stressing each of the colored words as you read helps set the rhythm and rhyme scheme for the entire piece. On the final spread readers follow a zigzag path of questions designed to get them thinking more about various forms of communication used by elephants, other animals and humans. Ideal for early elementary classroom libraries, this book will also appeal to preschoolers who want to learn a little about elephants while curling up in the lap of a caregiver. Reviewer: Pat Trattles
Kirkus Reviews
This appealing young-readers' introduction to skin is illustrated with photographs of children and adults of many races, overlaid with drawings and labels to show relevant details. Beginning with the idea that skin color comes from melanin, Baines goes on to describe how skin helps to regulate body temperature, the existence of pores, hair and freckles, its healing and stretching properties, physical makeup and utility. The final double-page spread suggests such interesting ideas for further exploration as, "What's on the other side of your belly button?" or, "Does a feather feel the same on your nose as on your elbow?" The zigzag presentation of these follow-up questions provides the name for this new series, which will include books on a variety of science subjects. The lively design and small trim size invite early readers, but the difficulty of some words and lack of glossary may require them to seek an adult's help at first. (Informational picture book. 5-8)

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ISBN-13:
9781426303081
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Series:
ZigZag
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.02(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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