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Elephants Can Paint Too!
by Katya Arnold
Order:  USA  Can
Atheneum, 2005 (2005)
* * *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

The narrator tells us about teaching in the city and in the jungle - students with hands and students with trunks! We're told that an elephant's trunk is both hand and nose and that this versatile appendage 'can smell, snore, trumpet, purr, drink, and spray' (I love the photo of tangled trunks that accompanies this text).

Another great image shows two playful young elephants, who 'just act plain silly.' We learn about their history working with people in Asia 'for four thousand years.' And we also find out that they have recently become artists. We see the author teaching them to hold a brush, to paint - some 'paint trees and flowers' - and even to clean up afterwards.

Anyone, young and old, who's ever been intrigued by elephants, will love this picture book, full of elephant facts, photos - and their paintings. It concludes with an Author's Note on the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project, dedicated to saving the diminishing Asian elephants. Note that elephant art can be bought at, the funds used to help these remarkable creatures.

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