Elephants are not only the largest land animals, they grow up in “big families.” Cousins and aunts help teach and baby-sit younger elephants. The wisest, older, grandmother elephant leads the group to food and water. Elephants can tiptoe silently in a forest or crash through trees, can delicately peel oranges with their useful trunks, and communicate with each other from miles away. Here is a close-up look at the fascinating day-to-day lives of elephants.
"An excellent overview of the elephant's habits and life cycle. The concise yet informative text focuses on African elephant families, but mentions Asian species. Accurate watercolors (many of which are full page) supplement the information."–School Library Journal
"Emphasizing their family structure and individual and group behavior, including how they care for their young...also...briefly examines the endangerment of elephants because of the ivory trade. A useful addition to school and public library collections."–Booklist
Awards & Honors
- A Best Science Book, Science Books and Films