Elephants Can Paint Too!
Atheneum, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he 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).
nother 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.
nyone, 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 www.elephantart.com, the funds used to help these remarkable creatures.
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