The Elephant Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-26 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings

" Beautiful pictures. It was an interesting reading about the different ways Elephant's can communicate. " said.

"Summary: This award-winning book from the series Scientists in the Field, about Caitlin O’Connell and her research on one of the largest mammals: Elephants! O’Connell focuses on the many attributes that elephants possess. This includes the human-like qualities of making emotional connections to their “family” members and their never-ending commitment to them. It also includes the theory that elephants use sounds and vibrations to communicate with one another. This varies from yelling with their trunk to creating and listening to vibrations from the ground. This book includes many evidence-based practices to observe and research the many doings of this amazing mammal.

Evaluation: This is a great book about the life and science of elephants. It includes interesting facts about elephants, such as their ability to feel vibrations using the fatty part within their feet. The book gives many insights that most have neither known nor considered. Although it is an interesting read, I do not think this book would be good for students who are looking for a quick read. There are a lot of heavy details and words in which students should take much time to read and consider.

Teaching Idea: This would be a great book to learn strictly about elephants, including their habitats, characteristics, and unique skills. I would like to use it, along with other Scientists in the Field, to create a science project and presentation. Students could use the book to conduct research and create a presentation about these mammals. They could also use this book to compare characteristics of elephants with those of other mammals.
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"This was a fascinating read that let readers see and try to understand things from a scientists perspective on one of my favorite animals, the elephant. The photos that accompany the observations and statements of the scientists are amazing and show these beautiful and under appreciated creatures that live on our planet. Readers get to learn quite a bit about the animals and get insight into what the scientists are looking for and what they are trying to learn from the elephants. This is an easy to pick up and read picture book for Grades 5 and older, as some of the information could go over younger readers heads. Readers who read this book hopefully find an appreciation for these incredible animals and see how animal conservation and protection is something that us humans must take seriously for future generations. " said.

"Summary: "The Elephant Scientist" is a nonfiction text that includes still-life photographs of elephants. It is a resource that provides readers with information on different elephant communication methods/calls, how and elephant alarm call can be recorded, how elephants impact human lives, etc. The author informs readers on research gone into the importance and affect that elephant calls have on elephants in their natural environment.
Review: I gave this book five stars because it is an engaging resource. There are real photographs of elephants, as well as illustrations and visuals (captions, etc.). Additional resources- both traditional and online- are provided at the end of the book as well.
Classroom Ideas: In the classroom, this book could be used to integrate cross-curricular reading into science lessons. Students could use this book to aid in research on elephants. This book could also be used to help students better understand the text features of nonfiction texts.
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This book is a very information scientific read. It about the research of a scientist named Caitlin O'Connel. Her nickname is the elephant scientist which inspired the title of this book! She studies elephants in Namibia, Africa. I think her observations of elephants and their behavior are very fascinating. She states that she found that elephants can communicate through "hearing" vibrations with their feet, which have special cells for the purpose! There are many more interesting findings about the life of elephants in this book. This book is one of the many in the "Scientists in the Field" series, and I am interested in reading more books in this series.
I rated this book with four stars due to the interesting findings that were stated and how this scientist conducted her research. It is a good read for children who wish to learn more about elephants. Students could easily grasp a greater understanding of scientific material by just reading this easy read. I believe that this book could teach many students how to appreciate things bigger than themselves, such as these interesting creatures.
Teaching Tip:
This book, and the book's series should be inside every classroom. This book could be used in a science project on animals that live in a certain region. I remember doing a project in fifth grade on a animals of our choice. We were asked to do this research project after an unit on the regions of the world. We got to pick our animal, and had to use a certain amount books, research articles, and websites to gather our research. This book could have help a lot with the student who chose to do an elephant project.
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" Another great addition to this wonderful series. " said.

" Audience: 3rd graders to adults who like animals, especially wild ones in their native habitatsAppeal: magnificent pictures of elephants in the wild and narrative that draws the reader into the search to discover more about elephants and their methods of communication. 2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book " said.

" This series makes science so COOL! In my next life I want to be a scientist. The author talks about how her life led her to studying elephants and her efforts to help the people of Africa live in harmony with them. Her experiments show that elephants feel vibrations at great distances with their trunks and feet and alarms may be sent through the ground to keep the animals out of farmers' fields. Amazing. Elephants are really just amazing. " said.

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