Once Upon an Elephant by Linda Stanek, illustrated by Shennen Bersani
Age Range: 4 – 7 years | Grade Level: Preschool – 2 | Hardcover: 32 pages | Publisher: Arbordale Publishing (February 10, 2016)
About Once Upon an Elephant:
From slowing wildfires to planting seeds, one animal is the true superhero that keeps the African savanna in balance. Elephants dig to find salt that other animal lick, their deep footprints collect water for small creatures to drink, and they eat young trees to keep the forest from overtaking the grasslands. In every season, the elephants are there to protect the savanna and its residents but what would happen if the elephants were only once upon a time ? Read along to discover the important role this keystone species plays in the savanna and explore what would happen if the elephants vanished.
About the Author:
As an early and middle childhood educator, Linda Stanek wants to inspire young learners, including children with written language disabilities, to write about things that excite them. Her own passion for saving endangered animals and teaching children about the importance of each link in natural world provide the inspiration for Once Upon an Elephant. Linda has also written The Pig and Miss Prudence and Beco s Big Year: A Baby Elephant Turns One. Linda has two grown sons and lives in Ohio with her feline family members.
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My Thoughts on Once Upon an Elephant:
Once Upon an Elephant is all about elephants (obviously) and their impact on the habitats they live in. The world would be much different without elephants, and I love how this book explores how these great mammals fit into the cycle of life. They dig holes that fill with water, they eat young trees that would otherwise take over the grasslands, and they dig up dirt rich in salt that all the animals benefit from. Like other books from this publisher, Once Upon an Elephant has reserved the last pages in the book for information about elephants and how important they are to the African Savannah.
This is a good book to educate young children about elephants and the environment. Using the information in the back, kids can learn more about this species and how vital they are to their ecosystem.
I would recommend this book for kids in preschool through second grade.
Source: I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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