How to Be An Elephant

How to Be An Elephant

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A picture book introduction to the socially and structurally complex family group of the elephant traces the life of a young elephant from newborn calf to full-grown adult, revealing how elephant herds must overcome challenges ranging from limited food supplies to predators in order to survive.

McMillan Palgrave
Foraging for food and water and fighting off predators are only a few of the many skills that these African elephants must learn. Thankfully, they have a large familial network to teach them everything they need to know about how to be an elephant. Award-winning author-illustrator Katherine Roy delves into these intricate family dynamics.

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



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Follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult.
This nonfiction picture book follows an elephant's growth from a newborn calf to a full-grown adult in one of the most socially and structurally complex family groups on earth.--

Publisher: New York : David Macaulay Studio, Roaring Brook Press, 2017
ISBN: 9781626721784
Branch Call Number: J 599.67156 ROY
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,28 cm.

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Kristina Radzhapova 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!

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beaholmes
Feb 11, 2018

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

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alyx7279
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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