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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Elephants are amazing creatures. Did you know that they are the largest animal that lives on land and that they can live to as old as 70 years of age? There are a lot of other amazing facts about elephants: they prefer one tusk over another (just like humans are either right handed or left handed), they cover themselves in mud to protect their skin from the sun, and the mother elephant carries the young for two years before it’s born. Mother elephants also herd together with other mother elephants for protection. Another fascinating fact is that elephants are very intelligent and they have impressive memories.
I learned this and much more from a wonderful little picture book called, you guessed it, Elephants. Written by Rebecca Heller and illustrated by Suzie Mason, this compact little book is an excellent introduction to one of the most amazing members of the animal kingdom. A story for very young readers, it is told with very simple, basic sentences. Each sentence is just the subject (elephant) and the verb (what the elephant does). Children can relate to these simple activities, as they do the same things (for the most part) as part of their daily routine. This simple fact helps young readers feel a connection with the subject matter of this book: elephants.
Accompanied by marvellous illustrations, not only will a young reader learn about elephants, they will start to recognize simple words and, at the very least, they’ll start to recognize the word 'elephant.' These fascinating creatures are an important part of the animal kingdom and children need to learn as much as they can about these creatures so that, as children get older, they can help protect these animals. A great way to start young children on their reading journey as well as their journey of learning about animals like elephants.