Beco’s Big Year Has Elephant-Sized Child Appeal

Talk about huge child appeal! Beco’s Big Year:  A Baby Elephant Turns One by Linda Stanek has it all:  an adorable baby elephant as the main character, a compelling and well-written story, behind-the-scenes peeks at zoo life, and captivating photographs. What a fun book!

Beco was born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on March 27, 2009. The story follows his birth and adventures during the first year. Linda Stanek deserves a lot of credit for her writing, which engages a child’s interest and is heartwarming, but never steps over the bounds into anthropomorphic. She goes back to her teacher roots and delivers a lot of educational value in a very easy to read package. Did you know female Asian elephants have tushes rather than tusks? This book is jam-packed with interesting facts about elephants and their handlers.

If you are planning a trip to a zoo, teaching a unit on elephants, know a child interested in animals or know a child who wants to be a zookeeper, Beco’s Big Year:  A Baby Elephant Turns One is a perfect choice.

For more photographs, videos and ideas for science activities, see Growing With Science

Shirley at Simply Science has a review.

Jeff at NC Teacher Stuff also has a review.

Reading level: Ages 4-8
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (August 2010)
ISBN-10: 0984155430
ISBN-13: 978-0984155439

A big thank you to Shirley at Simply Science for sharing this wonderful book.


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2 Replies to “Beco’s Big Year Has Elephant-Sized Child Appeal”

  1. Thanks for sharing the link. I’m glad you loved the book, too. It was so well written and filled with great information.

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