Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant

Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781628559040
Publisher: Arbordale Pub
Publication date: 08/10/2017
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 757,658
Product dimensions: 8.70(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Songju Ma Daemicke grew up in Jilin, China, where she enjoyed listening to the stories her grandparents told. Songju moved to the United States in 1996. After obtaining a master’s degree in computer science, she worked as a software engineer until her twin daughters were born. Songju has always excelled in math and has recently gravitated back to her early love of literature and stories. Her books, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant and A Case of Sense were inspired by stories her grandfather told her as a child. Songju lives in Illinois with her husband and their daughters. Visit her website at

In addition to Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant, Christina Wald has illustrated Cash Kat, Fibonacci Zoo, A Cool Summer Tail, A Warm Winter Tail, The Fort on Fourth Street: a Story about Six Simple Machines, Habitat Spy, Henry the Impatient Heron, and Little Red Bat for Arbordale. She also enjoys illustrating for a wide variety of toys, games, books, and magazines. Christina enjoys the research aspect of such projects, saying that each new book is a fascinating new learning experience. She often integrates travel to research for her illustrations. She lives in Ohio with her husband and three cats. Visit Christina’s website at

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FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
What do you get when you take a charming tale about a little boy and a cute elephant and add a little science into the mix? You get Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant, a delightful story that young readers will love. Cao Chong was a young boy who lived in China almost two thousand years ago. His father, Cao Cao, was the Prime Minister of the Han dynasty. The story tells of the day that the ambassador of the Wu Kingdom brings an elephant to the prime minister as a birthday present. Cao Chong is very excited, as is everybody else, because he has never seen an elephant. In his glee, Cao Chong runs right up to the elephant and gives him a big hug. As the boy happily feeds the animal nuts, spectators begin to guess the weight of the huge mammal. When people start betting the weight of the elephant against various valuable items, the crowd gets very excited. But when somebody suggests cutting the elephant into smaller pieces to weigh him, Cao Chong knows he better think up a solution fast! Author Songju Ma Daemicke has written a delightful story based on a tale her grandfather told her. That tale was based on the true story of Cao Chong (196-208), a child prodigy who used the principle of buoyancy to learn the weight of an elephant. Children will love reading about a young boy who "out thought" all the adults around him, and came up with a brilliant solution to weighing the elephant. Artist Christina Wald has added her own bright interpretation of the story to bring this tale to life. At the back of the book are several pages of additional learning, with information on buoyancy, using scales, facts about Cao Chong and a "Then and Now" look at the geography of China. Quill says: A little history, a little science, and a wonderful story combine to make Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant a story that you will want to read to your youngsters.