How To Be An Elephant

Growing Up in the African Wild

Written and illustrated by Katherine Roy

Where Neighborhood Sharks follows a day of hunting in the life of one white shark, How to Be an Elephant explores just what it takes for a 200-pound baby African elephant to grow into a multi-ton member of one of the most socially complex family groups on earth. Safe and surrounded by leathery gray pillars and the sounds of excited trumpeting, a newborn elephant’s first learning task is to stand up and walk on her own…

Katherine Roy researched How to Be an Elephant on location in Kenya with researchers who study these incredible animals.

Roaring Brook / David Macaulay Studio, September 2017. Age Level: 7 and up.

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Blog Posts About the Elephant Book!

Puzzle It Out

When I was a kid, I did a lot of puzzles with my dad. I was good at them, even the hard ones, because a puzzle is a kind of matching game that uses shapes, colors, and textures to create a completed scene. Now, as a grown up, I still do puzzles every day—it’s called writing and drawin
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The Very Beginning

The new year has me thinking about new projects, new beginnings, and how something very small can sometimes turn into something very big. Like an idea. Or an elephant. Or an idea for a book about elephants. Where and how do these big things begin? Let’s start at the very beginning A v
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Writing Starts with Drawing

On the first leg of my flight to Kenya, I sat next to a 76-year-old psychotherapist-turned-art dealer. We started talking about our respective work, and I eventually pulled out an early copy of NEIGHBORHOOD SHARKS for him to look at. He quietly flipped through each of the pages, caref
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7 Amazing Highlights from My Research Trip to Kenya

Oh man, I miss Kenya already. The elephants, the adventure, the people, the contrasts, the staggering numbers of wildlife in seemingly every direction… all of it was amazing. People keep asking me, “How was your trip?!” and I’ve finally got a short answer that works: say, “It was awes
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