The Elephant Scientist (Scientists in the Field Series) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-02-09 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 14 user ratings

"Nonfiction/ Informational-- Silbert Award

"The Elephant Scientist" is a nonfiction text that shows photographs of elephants. This nonfiction text helps to give information on calls of elephants, how elephants communicate with one another and uses helpful captions to explain the pictures of the elephants. The author also backs up the information with research.

I love this resource, I feel that it would be super helpful for the students to have because of the research support that is available in this text. I feel that students who are excited about elephants would enjoy this resource because it is real life pictures.

This text would be a helpful way for teachers to add in curriculum to reading and writing time. The teachers could begin to introduce captions to the students and have the students draw a picture of an elephant and explain how a caption supports the picture. I would also do the activity with the students where in the beginning of the lesson the students write what they knew and then afterwards what they learned from the activity.
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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 is a fantastic nonfictional text that shows photographs and has fun informational facts about
Namibian elephants. This book provides a plethora of helpful information regarding the calls of elephants, how elephants communicate with one another, and captures the true heart of this magnificent beast. All claims and facts are supported by in-depth research.

I love this book! I think that this would be a fantastic tool for students to have, because of the level of research support available in this text and simple-to-understand layout of all information. Students who are passionate about animals, especially elephants, would really enjoy this resource because it provides real life pictures and fun blurbs of information throughout the text.

I think this book would be a great resource to use for reading and writing development. It would be a great text to use to introduce the relationship between captions and pictures. Perhaps have the students draw a picture of an elephant carrying out a specific fact or detail they learned about their lives, and have them explain the significance of the detail/fact within their caption.
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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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