Elephants Can Paint Too!

Photographer Katya Arnold
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About The Book

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.

About The Author

Katya Arnold was born in Moscow and became an artist at age twelve. She has written and illustrated many books for children, including Baba Yaga: A Russian Folktale and Me Too!: Two Small Stories About Small Animals. She has also written two nonfiction books, Let's Find It!: My First Nature Guide and Katya's Book of Mushrooms, drawing on her passion for the natural world.
When she is not writing and illustrating, Ms. Arnold teaches art to children at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn and to elephants in Thailand through the Asian Elephant Art and Conservation Project, an organization founded by her husband, the artist Alex Melamid. She lives in New York City with her family.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 2005)
  • Length: 40 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780689869853
  • Grades: P - 3
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Awards and Honors

  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Red Clover Award Master List (VT)

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