I Am An Elephant
Written by Aaron Carr
What an interesting concept. Imagine a keyed treasure box. The key contains its own information, and it goes on to unlock the box that contains the treasure trove. The book under review, produced by AV2 Books, is such a key.
AV2 books are what they label “media enhanced books”. Simply put, the book links to a secure website that is rich with resources. Each book has its particular code, the key, to the website.
The book has value in itself. The very youngest readers will be attracted by the photo illustrations, and the simple sentences in bold, large-size font. Reading through at that level provides basic, but sufficient information about the elephant. The facts are interestingly presented. Elephant ears are as big as a person, they eat 300 ponds of food, and drink a bathtub full of water each day. Wow!
Second grade readers can move on to the additional facts provided in the back. Each paragraph is linked to the corresponding two-page spread, for more detailed reading. And then the jewel in the crown is the link to the website. Readers learn to transition from book to web.
Click on the pages listed to the left to be taken to the related page. Ah the riches; videos, audio files, games, read aloud activities, slideshows and more. There is enough to keep a classroom engaged for many productive weeks. Just what the teacher ordered.