Once Upon an Elephant
Ohioana Book Award finalist
Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading finalist
Recommended by the National Science Teachers Association website here!
From Patricia Simms, Co-founder of World Elephant Day:
Once Upon an Elephant is a beautifully designed and written story, suitable for children as young as four years old up to four or fifth graders. By using a child-oriented language the story tells the important role elephants play in their environment. It shows that their existence is crucial for other species to survive, both plants and animals. It describes in simple sentences what elephants do and the effects they have on their environment and on other animals who share the same habitat. All facts reflect accurately the interrelations between elephants and their environment. We appreciate the realistic and beautiful illustrations of animals and the African scenery.
The book not only imparts knowledge about elephants and the purpose of their existence but also includes games and activities plus further information about where to find even more ideas to engage in fun activities, which will reinforce the facts the children listened to or read about.
As co-founder of World Elephant Day, which is celebrated August 12th, I would like to thank Linda for helping to build awareness and bring attention to the plight of Elephants. It is the mission of World Elephant Day to inform, motivate and encourage people to educate themselves and their children, take action and make responsible choices.
Review from a zoo educator:
In March, 2009, The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium trumpeted the news–a baby elephant was born! Now, to celebrate his first birthday, we bring you Beco’s Big Year. Learn about Beco, elephants in zoos and in the wild, and about conservation efforts to keep these magnificent animals from becoming extinct.
Good Fun Sudoku for Kids
The Pig and Miss Prudence
New York City faced many challenges in the 1850s. A time of tremendous immigration, language barriers, few housing regulations, and no social services, life was often difficult at best. But one challenge that might surprise readers is the effect livestock had roaming the city streets. In 1851, The New York Times ran an article about how pigs were wreaking havoc about the city–digging up people’s gardens, and startling carriage horses in the streets. With no laws about the penning of livestock, this situation existed not only in New York City, but in other cities across the nation. The Pig and Miss Prudence is based on that little known fact. Illustrated by Caldecott Honor Winner Lauren Castillo. Picture Book for ages 5-8.
COMING IN 2017~Cheetahs: Biodiversity of the World: Conservation from Genes to Landscapes ~ I was thrilled to work with Dr. Laurie Marker on this book and am a co-author of one chapter.
Coming in 2019 ~
Cheetah Dreams, a children’s book about our most rapidly declining African cat, from Arbordale Publishing, and illustrated by Shennen Bersani. (No cover image yet.)
“I have been in working in the children’s publication world for more than 15 years. In that time, I have been published in magazine, books, ezines, and even corporate materials aimed at kids.”