What happened to those eager elementary readers who worked their way through your animal books? In middle school, I rarely have students browsing the mammals section, so I make sure to highlight this book during book talks.
Ann Downer provides fascinating insight into how elephants communicate. The information is presented in an engaging way, with photos throughout the book. I generally just read a few facts from it during a book talk, and it's grabbed before it hits the table. Learning about infrasound and how elephants can "read" vibrations with their feet are just a few facts that will grab the reader. The book ends with some ideas on how we can protect elephants, and after reading it, students will surely care enough to do so!
Recommended for 6th and up; younger readers will enjoy the layout but may stumble over some of the vocabulary.