Baby Elephant Joins the Herd
32p. (First Discoveries). photos. Sterling. Jan. 2019. Tr $16.95. ISBN 9781454932123. POP
PreS-Gr 2–An elephant herd gets a new member when a female calf is born. She learns to stand, swim, roll in the mud, and play with friends. Through stunning colorf photography, commissioned by the American Museum of Natural History, this title captures the landscape of the African savanna and the milestones of the adorable baby elephant as she grows up with her herd. Using a loose linear time line of the calf's life, the book offers facts about elephants and how they survive in the wild in easy-to-read text on pastel color blocks. Although the story seems to end abruptly, it comes full circle as the calf becomes an adult and welcomes the next generation of elephants.
VERDICT A lovely choice for early nonfiction collections.

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