How to Be An Elephant

How to Be An Elephant

Growing up in the African Wild

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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The savanna is not an easy place to live, even for African elephants, the largest land animals on earth. If it's a challenge for these 7,000-pound giants, what's it like for their newborn babies?

An infant elephant has precious little time to learn the incredible array of skills that are necessary to keep up, from projecting her voice across a 10-octave range to using the 100,000 muscles in her trunk to stay hydrated. But this giant-to-be has the perfect classroom--a family herd made up of her mother, sisters, cousins, and aunts. With their help and protection, she'll learn how to survive, how to thrive, and how to be an elephant.

Award-winning author-illustrator Katherine Roy's How to Be an Elephant delves into the intricate family dynamics at play in a typical African herd. Drawing upon the latest scientific research and Roy's own expedition to Kenya, and brimming with lush watercolor illustrations and detailed diagrams, this book vividly portrays the life and development of an elephant from an uncertain newborn into a majestic adult. As informative as it is beautiful, Roy's unique portrait of an elephant's life will captivate young explorers and animal lovers alike.

David Macaulay Studio

This title has Common Core connections.

A School Library Journal Best Book of 2017
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Book of 2017
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017

Publisher: New York :, David Macaulay Studio, Roaring Brook Press,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626721784
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations, color map


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kristina_rad May 08, 2018

Visually awesome, full of facts, figures and insights about African elephants and their lifestyles. Initially drawn to the book by the cover art, but the facts and details proved to be just as captivating on the inside. Great book to read with kids and many watercolour drawings to enjoy!

Feb 11, 2018

Scientific facts are presented along with colourful illustrations. A vivid portrayal of herd life.

ArapahoeStaff2 Nov 22, 2017

This nonfiction book is fascinating! Elephants are majestic creatures and the facts in this book will keep you turning the page. But beyond that, this picture book uses the picture book format in a totally unique way, with captivating illustrations that are also informative. A job well done!

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