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Grandma elephant's in charge /

by Jenkins, Martin; Bates, Ivan [ill.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2003Edition: 1st U.S. ed.Description: 29 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.ISBN: 0763620742 (alk. paper) :.Title notes: $15.99 9-2003Subject(s): Elephants -- Behavior -- Juvenile literature | Familial behavior in animals -- Juvenile literature | Elephants | Familial behavior in animalsSummary: Describes the behavior of elephants in a family group, particularly the role of the older female elephants.
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An entertaining, educational look at the everyday life of a family of elephants - who never forget who's in charge. Elephants are the biggest animals on land, and they live in big families, too. So who can possibly keep them in line? Grandma! After all, she's been around long enough to know where all the best watering holes are, how to gather the tastiest food, and how to sniff out danger. In lively prose interspersed with fun facts (did you know that an adult elephant eats 1,000 pounds of food a day?), Martin Jenkins spins a striking story about this no-nonsense matriarch and her remarkable brood, while Ivan Bates brings the great beasts to rumbling, tumbling, lumbering life.

Describes the behavior of elephants in a family group, particularly the role of the older female elephants.

$15.99 9-2003

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(Primary) Elephants are fascinating animals, in large part because of their strong and lasting emotional bonds. Female elephants live their entire lives with their close relatives, in groups typically headed by the oldest female. Grandma is indeed in charge, and remains so until she is no longer capable of leading her group. This book makes good use of the parallels between elephant society and human relationships to help readers understand elephant behavior. The friendly text invites children to imagine themselves a part of the elephant community: being cared for by mom, grandma, and the aunts, and spending their days playing happily with siblings and cousins. This is an idealized elephant world; none of the animals is sick or dying. A hazy threat is quickly taken care of by Grandma's quick thinking (""once all the commotion's over, everyone can settle back down to feeding and snoozing and messing around--knowing that Grandma has sorted things out again""), and the babies are not yet old enough to find out that if they're male, they'll be booted out of the group. Though the text stops just short of anthropomorphizing elephant relationships, Bates's illustrations cross the line. Though the gentle pictures match the tone of the text and capture the animals' enormous appeal, the elephants' expressions--in particular, the laughing babies and the indulgent smiles on their mothers' faces--are too human. While this is sure to appeal to children and their parents, it stretches the science a bit too thin. Index. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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