Series: Untamed World.
Karen Dudley. Illustrated by Warren Clark.
Grades 3 - 8 / Ages 8 - 13.
"Elephants need a lot of space to live, but the ideal elephant habitat needs to have much more than lots of space. Elephants need places where they can find grasses, trees, herbs, and shrubs to eat. They need a good source of water to drink, and steams or pools in which to bathe. They also need wallows to roll in so their skin is protected from stinging insects. The size of a family unit's home range depends on how many of these things are available. Sometimes elephants can find everything they need in a small area. Other times, they may have to travel for many miles to find enough food or water. During the dry season, when food and water are scarce, a family unit's home range may double in size."
This series of books is excellent. Each book is packed with photographs and clear, readable text, and has a glossary, index, and table of contents. A page in each book on 'viewpoints' presents the pros and cons of a controversial question, such as, "Should it be legal to sell ivory?". The 'Folklore' section in each book describes the animal's place in folk tales and legend while "What you can do" gives addresses of conservation organizations. "Twenty Fascinating Facts" is just that, a list of interesting little tidbits of information.
No biographical information is given about the series' authors, but each title lists several consultants who are connected to agencies such as the Kenya Wildlife Fund or the International Wildlife Coalition.
A worthy school and public library addition. Other titles in the series are: Wolves; Gorillas; Alligators & Crocodiles; Bald Eagles; Black Rhinos; Blue Whales; Elephants; Giant Pandas; Whooping Cranes; Jaguars; Grizzly Bears; and Great White Sharks.
Luella Sumner is Head Librarian at the Red Rock Public Library, Red Rock, Ontario.
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