Little big ears : the story of Ely

by Moss, Cynthia.

Format: Print Book 1997
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 599.67 Mos
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Non-Fiction
Call Number  j 599.67 Mos
Follows a young elephant as he struggles to survive during his first year of life with the help of his family in Amboseli, a protected wildlife park in Kenya.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ages 5^-8. The founder of the Amboseli Elephant Research Project in Kenya shares the heartwarming story of Ely, an elephant calf born with a physical disability that prevented it from standing. Colbeck's superb photographs document the little elephant's struggles and triumphs: the repeated falls; the desperate attempt to reach its mother's milk; and finally, learning to walk, find food, and survive drought. The confidence that comes with extensive knowledge is evident in Moss' writing, but she is also a natural storyteller: children will find her references to the elephants' thoughts completely believable. Because her story also reveals much about elephant behavior in general, it would make a wonderful complement to a science unit. Lauren Peterson"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Below the snow-capped peak of Kilimanjaro stretch the warm grasses and abundant swamps of Amboseli-East Africa's most-visited wildlife park. Its grand scenery frames this photo-essay derived from the PBS documentary Echo of the Elephants. Echo is among the more than 800 elephants protected here from ivory hunters, and an established matriarch-"the most beautiful and gentle of the grandmother elephants" with "lovely, curved tusks." When she gives birth to Ely, a deformity threatens the young calf's life. With his front legs severely bent, Ely cannot reach his mother's breast to nurse; he cannot get to the shade that would save him from the sun's needling heat. In this true account of Ely's persistence and his family's encouragement, the youngster triumphs and embarks on a normal (though sometimes uncertain) life. Internationally renowned for her elephant research, Moss tells a potentially heart-rending tale with authoritative devotion. Her first-hand knowledge of wildlife relationships and intelligence shines through focused, clean prose. Colbeck's luminous photographs reflect the light, heat and texture of Amboseli as well as the power and tenderness of its compelling inhabitants. A warm tale that rides on the hard edge of reality. Ages 5-10. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects African elephant -- Kenya -- Amboseli National Park -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
African elephant -- Behavior -- Kenya -- Amboseli National Park -- Juvenile literature.
African elephant.
Amboseli National Park (Kenya)
Publisher New York, N.Y. :Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers,1997
Contributors Colbeck, Martyn.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0689800312 (hardcover)
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