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Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? (Wells of Knowledge Science) Paperback – Sep 2012

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Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? There are trillions of stars in the universe, but we rely on our sun to provide (or contribute to) most of what we need to survive and thrive: heat, light, plants, animals, wind, and water. Complete with fun, cartoon illustrations, this book give kids plenty of information about our sun in an easy-to-read and digest format. By focusing on the needs of an elephant, Wells makes clear just how import... Full description

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A Great Book! 1 Sept. 2012
By Dad of Divas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is another excellent nonfiction book written by Robert E. Well .Mr. Wells explains fully the importance of our sun to our Earth, its people, animals, and plants. He has written this story in facts that are easy to understand and the the illustrations help the child to visualize the information.

I believe this would be a great addition to a nonfiction library for a classroom or home.
This is an excellent book that will teach the young student many basic scientific concepts in an easy to understand manner ... 21 April 2011
By D. Fowler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The plants and animals of the world "depend on the sun's energy to live," and the elephant is no exception. Plants make their own food by photosynthesis by using the sun's energy. The African elephant depends on the Earth's plant life to survive and can eat a whopping "400 pounds of plants every day." Plants and animals also need water to survive and the elephant can hose up SLURP! up to 50 gallons a day. If the sun dries up a water hole the sun can be a partner in filling it back up. This book will show you just how the sun takes part by evaporating "ocean water, turning into water vapor," and eventually getting it back to that water hole in the form of rain.

Gravity is one thing that "helps the sun create its amazing energy." You'll learn about how it keeps an African elephant on the ground and why it "weighs so much more than a baboon." You can watch as the eight planets are held in its orbit by the sun's gravity and will learn why it helps it generate energy. Gravity pushes onto the core of the sun and "the pressure is so great that the hydrogen atoms are transformed into helium atoms" in a process called "nuclear fusion." You'll also learn about the corona, a solar eclipse, the choromosphere, how we use solar power, and many other interesting things about the sun and how it benefits us.

This is an excellent book that will teach the young student many basic scientific concepts in an easy to understand manner. The picture book format is a fun way to present the interconnectivity of things like gravity, nuclear fusion, photosynthesis, weather, and how the African elephant depends on them to survive. Some of the two-page spreads need to be flipped. For example, when the rain falls we watch as monkeys dance on the elephant's back as the reader learns where the rain falls and how the elephant benefits. The artwork is lively, very appealing and meshes well with the text. In the back of the book is a section of interesting facts for the young student to think about. This fun, but not overly simplistic book would be an excellent addition to homeschool or classroom shelves.
By My Book Addiction and More - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
WHY DO ELEPHANTS NEED THE SUN? by Robert E. Wells is another interesting Children's books/Science. Age range: 7-9 years/Grades: 2-4. Common Core Standard Teachers Guide. What an exciting and appealing introduction to the sun,its purpose,and scientific information. From Photosynthesis, to water cycle, to the sun itself,is just a few things discussed in this title. Another Standard Core for teachers. Not only educational but a fun learning tool for teachers and parents alike. A great way to learn of the sun and its purposes. The illustrations are awesome too. Received for an honest review from the publishers.
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
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