How to Fly Like An Elephant
We all know that elephants can't fly, right? We wonder if they've ever thought about flying though... Elephants are incredibly intelligent creatures and in this story, a family of elephants are determined to design and build a flying machine that is capable of soaring through the sky, with all three of them as pilots! They show ingenuity, perseverance, creativity and and an unwavering belief that their dream is indeed a possibility - all traits that we would hope little ones to develop through their own explorative learning! Each page shares a nugget of knowledge to consider when planning a flying machine: the weight of the components, the weight of the passengers, the shape and angle of the wings, the space needed for takeoff, the propelling force guiding the craft... There are also flaps and folds within the book that allow the readers to interactively adapt and contribute to the elephants developing designs - "that's my favourite bit", explains a 4yr old, "I made the plane work!" There's also a section which briefly illustrates key moments in the history of flying machines, with hot air balloons, double-winged planes, Concorde etc. One child in the class loved this part because they'd seen the real thing in a museum, so we searched for clips of these designs in 'action' and he became an 'aero-expert'... "that's the red arrows," "I think that's a chinook". The story started a fascination with flying throughout the nursery and inspired our little engineers!