Series: Scientists in the Field
Reading level: Middle grade, 9-12
Summary: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to study elephants in Africa? This book follows Dr. Caitlin O’Connell as she studies elephant social life and communication and at the same time works on ways to prevent elephants from ruining crops planted by local people. She discovers that elephants communicate to one another by detecting vibrations in the ground with their feet and trunks.
Illustrations: Photographs by Caitlin O’Connell and Timothy Rodwell
Comments: The Elephant Scientist is a wonderful new addition to the outstanding Scientists in the Field series. Because the scientist in the spotlight is one of the co-authors, this book has unprecedented access to how the science was done and what the scientist was thinking. The book not only reveals the process of science, but also gives state-of-the-art information about elephants, as well. How the elephants talk to one another is absolutely fascinating.
Simply Science a a review of a related book, Elephant Talk by Ann Downer. and a link where you can listen to elephants, as well as activities
Exploring Elephants at Growing With Science
Compatible fiction: The White Elephant by Sid Fleischman and illustrated by Robert McGuire
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children; (July 11, 2011)
Today we are excited to be joining a new meme called STEM Friday at Chapter Book of the Day.
Jeff at NC Teacher Stuff shares another STEM book perfect for summer reading: How Do Waves Form?