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Elephants Can Paint, Too! (Anne Schwartz Books) [Hardcover]

Katya Arnold

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1 Oct 2005 Anne Schwartz Books
I teach in two schools. One is in the city. The other is in the jungle. Some of my students have hands. Others have trunks. Elephants live in Asia. They eat three hundred pounds of food a day. They spray water out of their trunks. Even so, they are a lot like you. They like to eat cookies and hang out with their friends. They even like to paint pictures. In this true story you'll learn about an amazing class of elephants that are taught to become artists by an amazing teacher.

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  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; New title edition (1 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689869851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689869853
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 28.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,773,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Art teacher Arnold, together with her artist husband, embarked on a project to support the diminishing number of Asian elephants. Traveling to Thailand, India and Cambodia, they trained 30 elephants to paint and supplied their keepers with materials and ideas to keep the project in place. Arnold recounts, in alternating text and photographs, the basics of teaching art to children and elephants, exploring similarities and differences between the two groups. Students use their hands while others work with their trunks; some like peanut butter and jelly, while others eat grass. But in art class both can express their talent by painting with dots, bright colors and strokes in their own style. Remarkably, the elephant paintings parallel the artwork of the children quite well, including one bouquet that is amazingly realistic. Additionally, Arnold intersperses some interesting facts about the elephant's natural behavior. Beautiful photography displaying children, elephants and artwork set in a well-designed layout of large multi-colored text, coupled with green boxes filled with facts in a bold black font, add to the book's unique subject matter and appeal. (Nonfiction. 6-9) (Kirkus Reviews)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspiring 24 April 2006
By D. Maple - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
inspiring book that illustrates the beauty within all, hope for an endangered species, connection between humans, animals, and our planet. Proceeds of the book benefit this innovation collaboration- I plan to purchase gift copies for birthdays, holidays.. really wonderful book for all ages.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspired--and Inspiring! 29 Dec 2007
By KD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book has quickly become my 5 1/2 year-old daughter's favorite. She delights in looking at the paintings made by elephants, and I appreciate the way facts about elephants are "sneaked" into the story so seamlessly. Switching back and forth between human students and animal ones makes for an engaging structure. There is humor as well as beauty. Best of all, the book has made us look at elephants--and by extension animals--in a new way (and has also broadened my daughter's concepts of what grown-ups can do as careers). We both really love this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars First purchase 24 May 2010
By N. Briones - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was impressed with how fast I got the book. The only thing I found a little confusing was how to delete a purchase and ended up getting two of the same book as I was trying to mail to two different addresses. The return was easy though.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible 9 July 2013
By Kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Horrible is the only word I can think of when it comes to glamorizing any form of captive elephant entertainment ... now a book to teach kids it is ok to enslave elephants for human entertainment...elephants belong free and with their families.
How about writing a kids book teaching them elephants are not meant for the circus, rides, painting etc... I would buy that book.
How about a book teaching kids how baby elephants are ripped away from their mommas, chained and beaten to comply to their lives of misery.
Even the title and photo on the cover of this book makes me ill!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compare/Contrast 11 Mar 2013
By Lindsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is perfect for classrooms. I used this in my kindergarten class to show compare/contrast. The children loved seeing how elephants could paint just like they could. It's a short read-aloud but also has some great extra notes to share, too. I have the poster that matches from the teacher's store but the pictures in here are just as great and are vivid.
This book would be great in art classrooms.
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