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A PASSION FOR ELEPHANTS

Author: Toni Buzzeo

Illustrator: Holly Berry

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Publisher: Dial Books, 2015

Material: hard cover

Summary: As a little girl, Cynthia Moss loved animals, especially big animals. When she grew up, she moved to Africa and fell in love with the elephants. It wasn't long before she began her illustrious career as a scientist and advocate for these wonderful creatures. Moss worked to ban the practice of hunting for ivory. This is a child-friendly biography of a very important scientist.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 10; read yourself: 10 and Up

Interest Level: 7 and Up

Reading Level: 5.3

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My five year old liked the book, but my three year old did not as much. I think it may have been too old for his interests. I was surprised that my five year old liked it. I didn't think she would enjoy a biography, but I'm pleased that she did ... and we read this several times.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fascinating story and a great first biography for my older child but I did not love it as much as she did. Some of the illustrations depicting dead elephants and bloody tusks were too much for my little boy.

Pros: This picture book biography expands global awareness. It offers a fascinating subject and teaches kids about protecting the environment and animals.

Cons: Although this is a picture book, it is not for a preschool audience. Some of the illustrations and themes were a little advanced for my three year old.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book to read - especially with young girls interested in science. Even so, I'm not sure they would return to this over and over again, but I definitely think it would be a good library book.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SKY HIGH, THE TRUE STORY OF MAGGIE GEE   SEEDS OF CHANGE: Wangari's Gift to the World   MY NAME IS NOT ISABELLA

Educational Themes: In addition to exploring the life of a scientist, this is a book that can expand a child's world view by introducing Africa (geography), elephants (habitat), endangerment, and international law.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, animal stories, biography,

Date(s) Reviewed: February 2016

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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