Academic journal article Language Arts

A Baby Elephant in the Wild

Academic journal article Language Arts

A Baby Elephant in the Wild

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A Baby Elephant in the Wild Written by Caitlin O 'Connell Photographed by Caitlin O 'Connell and Timothy Rodwell Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014, unpaged, ISBN 978-0-544-14944-1

"This is the scrub desert of Namibia (nah-MIH-bee-uh). It is the home to the African elephant and many other animals.... In this desert, a baby elephant named Liza takes her first breath after growing inside her mother for almost two years. Liza is born weighing 250 pounds, the size of a grown black bear. Her mother weighs about 8,000 pounds." And so begins this appealing informational book aimed at readers in the primary grades. It provides interesting facts about the life of this newborn elephant, such as the fact that within a few hours she is able to walk and keep up with the rest of her family and that the backs of her ears, belly, and toenails are bright pink. The text also informs readers about the lifestyle habits of the family in which Liza lives, how its members take care of baby elephants, and how she learns to control the 40,000 muscles in her trunk. …

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