Wednesday, August 26, 2015

WILD & WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY: A Passion for Elephants by Toni Buzzeo


A science and nature biography of Cynthia Moss, the elephant expert, by the author of Caldecott Honor book One Cool Friend

Cynthia Moss was never afraid of BIG things. As a kid, she loved to ride through the countryside on her tall horse. She loved to visit faraway places. And she especially loved to learn about nature and the world around her. So when Cynthia traveled to Africa and met the world’s most ENORMOUS land animal, the African elephant, at Amboseli National Park in Kenya, she knew she had found her life’s work.

Cynthia has spent years learning everything she can about elephants and sharing these fascinating creatures with the world. She is a scientist, nature photographer, and animal-rights activist, fighting against the ivory poachers who kill so many elephants for their tusks.

This lyrical and accessible picture book gives kids a glimpse of what scientists do in the real world and inspires them to dream of accomplishing BIG things.


Buzzeo has done it again.  She's created a fascinating and inspiring account of a woman who once intrigued by elephants remained in Africa for decades studying them.  The text works just right as a story of a girl becoming a woman, a rather fearless one, not afraid to take on something big.  From a large horse to the ivory trade, Moss has truly left her mark on the world.  The illustrations are gorgeous and I loved them.  This is the sort of picture book that I not only love to share but I enjoy just sitting down and looking at for pleasure.  The combination of paper collage with colored pencils, paints, watercolors, and ink makes for an interesting mix with both textured and soft lines.  A beautifully presented and well-told story bound to inspire listeners to take on big themselves.

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