This NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2009 combines information on the anatomy, adaptations, and life cycle of elephants into a volume that will fascinate elementary readers. The text provides information about the physical features, social behaviors, and survival strategies in text, graphics, and appropriate labels.
Threats to elephants' survival and conservation efforts are also explained. Important terms referring to the elephant's anatomy, environment, and behavior are defined on the large double-page spreads. Adaptations are emphasized (including two pages on the functions of the trunk). Busy pages combine text of several reading levels, from elementary to secondary. A map helps link the information with social studies. Instead of a glossary or index, a page of interesting facts about elephants completes the book and tempts readers to look further. Today's young readers will scan, surf, and return to these pages again and again.