Elephant Families

Book cover: 'Elephant Families'
Author(s): 
Arthur Dorros
Copyright: 
1994
Publisher: 
HarperTrophy
Series: 
Let's Read-and-Find-Out Science
Binding: 
Softcover
Number of pages: 
32 pages
Subject(s): 
Grade / Age level: 
Review: 

This book focuses on elephant's care for and interaction with each other with a significant emphasis on elephants being killed by poachers.

Unlike the interesting scientific information designed to impart facts and help children develop an interest in science (as I've come to expect from the Let's Read-and-Find-Out Science Series) this book gets lost in the mediocrity of environmentalism by giving children a sort of emotional attachment to elephants (by over-emphasizing their slight similarities with people) and shocking them with details about how and why people kill elephants and a somewhat gruesome (relative to the age-level) picture of a truck filled with blood-stained elephant tusks. Rather disappointing altogether.

Review Date: 
4-4-01
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