Elle van Lieshout & Erik van Os & Alice Hoogstad - How Much Does the Gray in an Elephant Weigh?
Adapted by MaryChris Bradley.
A zoo book that reinvents a way to look at the animals
When you visit at the zoo,
Do you wonder like I do . . .
Why does a giraffe have spots of brown,
And do zebra’s stripes go up, or down?
The wonder and variety of various zoo animals is explored in this book as full of questions as Kipling's Elephant's Child.
From an elephant to a peacock, a rhinoceros to a flamingo, an inquisitive child and his grandfather visit and ponder each animal.
Flamboyant and fun illustrations with a little scatalogical humor thrown in.
". . . an enchanting rhyme book . . . While many of the questions can be characterized as silly, the accompanying illustrations and clever rhymes will undoubtedly keep young readers interested and coming up with unusual predictions for answers! Better still, the grandfather (and author by default) models one of the eight science practices being emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards. Of course, "asking questions" has been at the foundation of scientific inquiry for a long time. But as science educators we are constantly looking for opportunities to model these practices and give students the chance to try them out for themselves. By reading picture books to kids that model these practices we are supporting student scientific literacy and a life-long love for reading simultaneously. Such picture books can also act as springboards to an investigation or exploration."
- Mr Musselman Blog
"Brightly colored, stylized, smiling animals are depicted engaged in lively human activities . . . This simple but delightful book will affirm and inspire curious young readers who prefer to imagine a more lighthearted world than the one we really live in."
- Booklist online