4 out of 5 stars
I reviewed this for the Rocky Mountain Book Awards
Another nonfiction! Go me!
As you may have guessed from the title, this one is about elephants. This is generally a positive as elephants are wonderful. The book presents the story of 5 elephants, all true and some of whom are even still alive. One of the stories featured Lucy, an elephant that until recently resided in Edmonton and whom I have seen! The stories are a balance of wild and captive elephants and the theme of the book is generally how cool elephants are and how they should not be kept in captivity. It is nicely opinionated for a more mature and thought-provoking read.
The main 5 stories are interspersed with fun facts and a general overview about elephants. The language is simple, but there is enough substance to keep a reader’s interest. I tend to like nonfiction that still contains narratives and this one does that nicely. It packages all of the straight-up facts about elephants within the personal stories of 5 different elephants which makes it very palatable. This is definitely a nonfiction that I can see kids reading for pleasure.
The one downside is that it is just such a specific topic that it is not going to appeal to people who do not like elephants. I cannot imagine that these people exist, but if they do, they might not get a lot out of this.