Elephants sneezing?


EC and KG classes this week read the hilarious story, “Stand Back,” said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!” by Patricia Thomas and illustrated by Wallace Tripp.

Reading this book was a good opportunity to talk about why we should cover our mouth when we sneeze. We also found out that elephants do sneeze sometimes and we watched a video of a baby elephant that looks like it is sneezing! You can watch it here:


Face to Face with Elephants


By the same authors as Face to face with Lions, this week we looked at Face to Face with Elephants. This non-fiction book by Dereck and Beverly Joubert gives an exciting account of their experiences with elephants during their 25 years in Botswana.

We also watched a video about training African elephants in South Africa.  We learned that elephants have a sense of smell 28,000 times better than humans and about 14 times better than a dog! Elephants’ memory improves with age, unlike humans. We have a lot more understanding and respect for these beautiful creatures.

The Elementary library has National Geographic Face to Face books by various authors on the following additional topics: Wolves, Dolphins, Whales, Cheetahs, Sharks, Polar Bears, Caterpillars, Grizzlies and Frogs.

See you in the library!

Sue Toms, Elementary Teacher Librarian