The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin O'Connell

The Elephant Scientist

In the sprawling African scrub desert of Etosha National Park, they call her "the mother of all elephants." Holding binoculars closely to her eyes, American scientist Caitlin O'Connell could not believe what she was seeing from these African elephants: as the mighty matriarch scanned the horizon, the other elephants followed suit, stopped mid-stride, and stood as still as statues. This observation would guide the scientist to a groundbreaking dis...

Details The Elephant Scientist

TitleThe Elephant Scientist
Release DateJul 11th, 2011
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreNonfiction, Science, Animals, Childrens, Picture Books, Cultural, Africa

Reviews The Elephant Scientist

  • Karen Witzler
    Caitlin O'Connell studies elephant herds at the Etosha site in Namibia.She and her team have made ground-breaking discoveries about seismic/vibratory communications between elephants as part of their efforts to curtail the crop destruction by the species which leads in turn to humans killing the herds. This excellent YA series shows how scientists actually work - their history, prior work that leads to new insights, their equipment, painstaking m...
  • Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
    The elephant scientist of the title is Caitlin O'Connell, who studies elephants in Namibia, Africa. I found her observations of elephant behavior fascinating. She discovered that they can communicate through "hearing" vibrations with their feet, which have special cells for the purpose! She also experimented with types of dangers calls, in hopes of finding one that could be used to warn elephants away from farms, where they can damage crops. So a...
  • Belinda
    I was lucky enough to win this lovely book in a Good Reads competition. The pictures were absolutely beautiful and illustrated the authors words perfectly. The thing I really like about this book is that it would enrich the learning experience of students learning about elephants, as it gives a real-life glimpse into that particular field of science. It is written in such a way that the book would compliment other facts and figures style reading ...
  • Sunday
    This series is turning upside down what students (as readers) may think scientists do for a living. Scientists are not locked in a lab somewhere with a white coat. Dr. O'Connell is actually in a temporary camp in the Etosha National Park in Namibia, Africa with a team of researchers who are observing and investigating the behavior patterns of elephant - including collecting and analyzing elephant dung. The major focus of their work is confirming ...
  • Kristin Thomas
    Summary: In the African desert of Etosha National Park, one could find the "mother of all elephants", Caitlin O'Connel. O'Connel is an American scientist that explores elephants in the African desert where she learns that elephants can hear through their limbs. Evaluation: I rated this book a 4. The images in this book are engaging, and their is a good amount of information about elephants. The information that this book includes is explorations,...
  • Nicole
    The authors purpose in The Elephant Scientist, by Caitlin OConnell and Donna M. Jackson, is to explain to the reader how and why elephants can sense vibrations through their feet and trunk. After the reader finished this book, she/he will realize that elephants are very smart animals, and they have a very orderly way of living their life. This book features Caitlin OConnell and her crew as they study the elephants in Namibia. This book is an info...
  • L13_F Sandra
    This is an amazing book about scientist Caitlin O'Connell and the discovery she made during her research in Africa with elephants. After initially beginning her career working with insects, Caitlin had an opportunity to go to Erosha National Park in Namibia to study elephants in their natural habitat. It was her insect background that helped her to notice the elephants acting in the same manner as planthoppers, which communicate with each other b...
  • Kayleigh Scarlett
    The Elephant Scientist is an interesting biography that could be used in a 4th or 5th grade classroom. This book follows the life of Caitlin O'Connell in her career as a scientist. It focuses mostly on her time studying elephants in Africa. It gives you a look into the life of elephants, scientists and bull fighting!?!I would use this book to combine science and guided reading into one lesson. I think it would be a great book to use with an anima...
  • Megan
    I chose to read this book after hearing the book talk in class. It sounded interesting to learn more about the uniqueness of elephants. The pictures in the book were amazing. There were up close and personal, as well as views of elephants in action in their natural habitat. A few things that stuck out to me that I learned were that they have now broken down the major types of elephants. The African elephant was separated into separate sub groups:...
  • Debbie Graham
    Really liked how it showed how scientists' thought evolves while exploring. Sometimes a little complex for average kid "Using a needle glued to an old gramophone stylus"...what child today has any idea what that might be? ...especially when by way as an explanation it goes on "similar to having a record player stylus read the grooves in a vinyl record"...again for many children that is not helpful!
  • Annie Oosterwyk
    This series makes science so COOL! In my next life I want to be a scientist. The author talks about how her life led her to studying elephants and her efforts to help the people of Africa live in harmony with them. Her experiments show that elephants feel vibrations at great distances with their trunks and feet and alarms may be sent through the ground to keep the animals out of farmers' fields. Amazing. Elephants are really just amazing.
  • Carolyn
    Audience: 3rd graders to adults who like animals, especially wild ones in their native habitatsAppeal: magnificent pictures of elephants in the wild and narrative that draws the reader into the search to discover more about elephants and their methods of communication. 2012 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book
  • Edward Sullivan
    Another great addition to this wonderful series.
  • Hope Chasteen
    Summary:This book is a very information scientific read. It about the research of a scientist named Caitlin O'Connel. Her nickname is the elephant scientist which inspired the title of this book! She studies elephants in Namibia, Africa. I think her observations of elephants and their behavior are very fascinating. She states that she found that elephants can communicate through "hearing" vibrations with their feet, which have special cells for t...
  • Reva Taylor
    Summary: This book is about an American scientist, Caitlin OConnel who explores elephants in the African desert of Etosha National Park. She gets her name as the mother of all elephants. During the time she spends in the desert, she learns all kind of interesting things about elephants and what they do. The overall learning that takes place during this book is the fact that elephants actually can hear through their limbs, and not so specifically,...
  • Mary Henson
    What do you do when elephants become a nuisance, eating crops and destroying property? Call an elephant scientist. Caitlin O'Connell became an elephant scientist after studying pre-med and plant hoppers in grad school. After a year-long study opportunity in Africa, she knew she wanted to study elephants more. Her doctoral studies led her to consider the unique communication strategies of elephants including their vocalizations, foot stomping alon...
  • Stephanie Glenn
    Summary: A book from the Scientists in the Field series, The Elephant Scientist tells the story of American scientist Caitlin O'Connell and her research with wild elephants in the Namibian desert of Africa. The team of scientists ends up making a groundbreaking discovery about elephant communications. Evaluation: This book is a step-by-step recounting of the research Caitlin O'Connell and her team of scientists did with wild elephants. During the...
  • Brooke Cavey
    For my informational text I picked the book The Elephant Scientist by Caitlin OConnell and Timothy Rodwell. In the beginning of the book it goes over Caitlin life as a kid and how she succeed in science.Which lead her into biology major and for her love of animals. Caitlin first went to Africa when her and her husband planned a year long trip to view wild animals. Caitlin then explains overall facts about the elephant and a interesting thing she ...
  • Scarlett Graglia
    Summary:American scientist, Caitlin O'Connell, studied elephants in the African scrub desert of Etosha National Park. O'Connell is known as "The mother of all elephants." She uses her binoculars to observe wonderful things from African elephants. She discovers that elephants actually communicate through hearing vibrations of their feet. Because elephants eat so much, they need a lot of territory. There are several chapters of this book. Each chap...
  • Lindsey McCord
    SUMMARY-This is a scientist in the field book about Caitlin Oconnell and her research on elephants. Caitlin was doing research in Namibia to help farmers figure out a safe way to keep elephants out of their crops. During her first trip, she observed a herd of elephants all at once, for no apparent reason, stop and move into a defensive stance. She wondered if elephants, like other animals she has studied, could be using seismic communication. Sei...
  • Emily Sims
    Summary: This is a true story about the author of this book, Caitlin O'Connell, and her adventure to Namibia to study African elephants. She went on the trip so that she could observe elephants in their natural habitat to learn more about them. While she was on her trip, O'Connell gathered much of the information that helped her make a large discovery. Read to find what see saw and found out!Evaluation: I really enjoyed reading this book and woul...
  • Sydney Chassion
    Summary:This is a fantastic nonfictional text that shows photographs and has fun informational facts about Namibian elephants. This book provides a plethora of helpful information regarding the calls of elephants, how elephants communicate with one another, and captures the true heart of this magnificent beast. All claims and facts are supported by in-depth research.Evaluation:I love this book! I think that this would be a fantastic tool for stu...
  • Paige
    In this book, scientist Caitlin O'Connell is in Namibia, Africa. This book takes us through her journey in Africa and all the information she learned about elephants. She learned that elephants need plenty of room to roam and find food. Because many people also lived in this area, they were farming and planting food. Elephants would "break into" their farms at night and eat all of these plants. Caitlin O'Connell studies the elephants in their nat...
  • Megan Denney
    The Elephant Scientist is an informational book from the eyes of Caitlin O'Connell. In the book, O'Connell is the Namibian dessert where she is viewing the African elephants where she watched them the elephants be at a stand still and she later discovered through her observation of these mammals that elephants are able to listen with their limbs. I would include this book in my classroom as it allows for students to scientist in the field of work...
  • Kelsea Brandsma
    Summary The Elephant Scientist is part of the Scientist in the Field Series and focuses on a young scientist named Caitlin, who studies elephants. The book tells the reader about what life is like for elephants in the desert and it focuses on some of the major problems that they face. The book also tells about some of Caitlin's studies done on the elephants. Evaluation This book provides lots of visuals and graphs for students but it may be too ...
  • Makayla Graham
    Summary: "The Elephant Scientist" is a nonfiction text that includes still-life photographs of elephants. It is a resource that provides readers with information on different elephant communication methods/calls, how and elephant alarm call can be recorded, how elephants impact human lives, etc. The author informs readers on research gone into the importance and affect that elephant calls have on elephants in their natural environment. Review: I ...
  • Reese Bryant
    Scientist Caitlin OConnell recorded different elephant communication calls, working to record an elephant alarm call that would keep elephants out of farmers fields. She observed that elephants might also communicate through ground vibrations, so a camp was set up in Mushara, Africa to test her theory. The illustrations and design is visually appealing and supports the content. The illustrations enhance the readers understanding of the subject ma...