Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Grace Hansen
Publisher: Abdo Kids
Animal Friends: Elephants gives several facts about elephants including their physical characteristics and lifestyles. It talks about the organization of elephant herds, which are lead by the oldest female. It also talks about how elephants care for each other by slowing down when another elephant is injured. The book also includes a brief list of facts not mentioned in the narrative as well as a glossary of terms found in the book.
Containing high resolution photographs and large text, Animal Friends: Elephants is a great book for young readers wanting to learn more about elephants. The language is easy enough for most elementary age children to be able to read on their own. The glossary in the back provides definitions for words that might be new to a young reader's vocabulary. Although the book mentions both African and Asian elephants, it only contains two pictures of Asian elephants while it has about 10 pictures of African elephants. The book's only weakness is that it doesn't clarify the difference between the two species.