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The Elephant Scientist

In the sprawling African scrub desert of Etosha National Park, they call her "the mother of all elephants." Camouflaged and peering through binoculars, Caitlin O'Connell -- the American scientist who traveled to Namibia to study African elephants in their natural habitat -- could not believe what she was seeing. As the mighty matriarch scanned the horizon, the other elephants followed suit, stopping midstride and standing as still as statues. The observation would be one of many to guide O'Connell to a groundbreaking discovery!

"Children will be interested in O'Connell's growing interest in science, how family and teachers encouraged her, and her efforts to protect these threatened animals. This amazing presentation is a must-have for all collections." -- School Library Journal

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"Along with facts, the book has considerable esthetic content in its photographs. Included at the end are: a plea from the Defenders of Wildlife to adopt an elephant, a glossary of pachyderm terms, sources, and places for further 'explorations.'" -- Children's Literature

  • 2012 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book
  • 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Nonfiction Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Children's Book
  • NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book - 2012

Product Details

Recommended Age 9 and up
Author Caitlin O'Connell, Donna M. Jackson
Illustrator Timothy Rodwell
ISBN 0544668308
Publication Date Jul 11, 2011
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Series Name Scientists In The Field
Language English