Grandma Elephant's in Charge by Martin Jenkins

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An entertaining, educational look at the everyday life of a family of elephants - who never forget who’s in charge.

Elephants are the biggest animals on land, and they live in big families, too. So who can possibly keep them in line? Grandma! After all, she’s been around long enough to know where all the best watering holes are, how to gather the tastiest food, and how to sniff out danger. In lively prose interspersed with fun facts (did you know that an adult elephant eats 1,000 pounds of food a day?), Martin Jenkins spins a striking story about this no-nonsense matriarch and her remarkable brood, while Ivan Bates brings the great beasts to rumbling, tumbling, lumbering life.

About Martin Jenkins

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Martin Jenkins, a conservation biologist, is the author of several nonfiction books for children. He says, "I first saw wild elephants in the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya, where a big family of them was making their way across the savanna. I've seen elephants lots of times since then, but I'll never forget that first family, strolling across the plains without a care in the world - that was magic."Ivan Bates has illustrated many books for children. He says of GRANDMA ELEPHANT'S IN CHARGE, "I have always found elephants to be fascinating creatures, capable of both extreme strength and tenderness. This, along with their mighty stature and a wonderful setting amid vast land- and skyscapes, makes them a joy to draw.
Published January 1, 2003 by Walker Books Ltd. 32 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.

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Human grandmas and preschoolers will relish this picture-book look at grandma elephant, "the most important member of an elephant family."

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Conservation biologist Jenkins (Chameleons Are Cool ) takes readers on safari into the world of African elephants with this blending of factual text and playful, at times soulful illustrations.

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