A science and nature biography of Cynthia Moss, the elephant expert, by the author of Caldecott Honor book One Cool Friend
Cynthia Moss was never afraid of BIG things. As a kid, she loved to ride through the countryside on her tall horse. She loved to visit faraway places. And she especially loved to learn about nature and the world around her. So when Cynthia traveled to Africa and met the world’s most ENORMOUS land animal, the African elephant, at Amboseli National Park in Kenya, she knew she had found her life’s work.
Cynthia has spent years learning everything she can about elephants and sharing these fascinating creatures with the world. She is a scientist, nature photographer, and animal-rights activist, fighting against the ivory poachers who kill so many elephants for their tusks.
This lyrical and accessible picture book gives kids a glimpse of what scientists do in the real world and inspires them to dream of accomplishing BIG things.
Buzzeo offers a glowing biography of Cynthia Moss, a field scientist and activist who has been studying and advocating for Africa's elephants for more than 40 years. Moving briskly through Moss's childhood love of animals, Buzzeo focuses on Moss's long, hard work of studying elephants as well as her efforts to fight ivory poaching. Variations on a refrain ("It was a big challenge, but Cynthia Moss wasn't afraid of big things") strike an oddly juvenile note, given the harsh realities of the ivory trade and the book's scientific focus, but it still drives home the message about taking on important, difficult tasks and causes. Berry's mixed-media illustrations do an admirable job of capturing the African landscape and animals that have captivated Moss. Ages 5 8.