Hooray for Elephants!

Welcome the St. Louis Zoo’s baby Asian elephant, born June 24, 2011, and help name her by voting on their website.  In the meantime, celebrate the world’s largest land mammal.

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Brush up on some elephant know-how with some non-fiction.  Learn about elephants’ habits in Martin Jenkins’ Grandma Elephant’s in Charge and Mary Firestone’s Top 50 Reasons to Care about Elephants.  Find out about elephants’ creative side in Katya Arnold’s Elephants Can Paint, Too!

Check out fun elephant stories such as Ami Rubinger’s color guessing game, I Dream of an Elephant, and Patricia Thomas’s romp, “Stand Back,” Said the Elephant, “I’m Going to Sneeze!”  Eve Bunting’s new book, Tweak, Tweak, is as sweet as they come, and Jean Richards delivers a delightful retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, How the Elephant Got Its Trunk (from his classic collection Just So Stories).

Learn the classic hand-clapping game “Miss Mary Mack,” with the help of Mary Ann Hoberman’s rendition which includes instructions and music, and try out a few new rhymes:

An elephant stomps like this and that (stomp feet)

He’s terribly big (hold hands up high)

And he’s terribly fat (hold hands out wide)

He has big ears (fan hands out by ears)

And he has big toes (touch toes)

And goodness gracious! What a nose! (hold arms together and swing trunk)

or…

One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim (make swimming motions)

Knock, knock (pretend to knock)

Splash, splash (clap twice)

Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)

Repeat for two, three, four…

Five elephants in the bathtub going for a swim

Knock, knock

Splash, splash

It all fell in! (fall down to the floor)

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