Gr 3-5-In Thailand, many endangered Asian elephants were dying because local veterinarians did not have the facilities or the knowledge to treat them. In 1994, the world's first Elephant Hospital was created with the help of the government and veterinarians from around the world to address the special needs of these creatures. This book describes the work of the doctors and volunteers at the hospital using the stories of individual patients. They include Auan and Kamplai, females that needed help delivering their babies, and Kammee and Ikhe, logging elephants (also females) that were cruelly treated by their owners. Readers will learn about the behavior and physiology of elephants as well as the dangers involved in treating them in the dense jungles. The large, full-color photographs effectively illustrate the stories being told. Readers interested in animals are sure to find this book appealing.-Michele Capozzella, Chappaqua Public Library, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.