The first year of life of a baby elephant who was born at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, from birth to learning how to get along with the rest of the female herd of Asian and African elephants.
Book Name: Hansa: The True Story of an Asian Elephant Baby
Target Age Group: 7-10
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
"…tells the story of the elephant’s amazing birth and educates readers on the animals’ habits, habitats and care."
—Publishers Weekly June 10, 2002
"…Hansa is chock-full of photographs, illustrations, facts and tales about life as an elephant in the Woodland park herd and in the wild."
—Communiqué (American Zoo and Aquarium Association) January 2003
"Despite Hansa’s early death in 2007 and the Nov 2014 decision of the Woodland Park Zoo to close its elephant exhibits this attractive non-fiction title should neither be overlooked nor discarded. Rather it is instructive of what we know and can learn about these iconic animals: elephants-wild and captive-deserve our attention and protection through education."
"Clare Hodgson Meeker does an outstanding job of telling the story of Hansa and the other elephants…Sharing this entertaining little book with children is one way to ensure that the next generation understands and values the animal life on Earth. Highly recommended."
—The Internet Writing Journal September 2002
"…Filled cover to cover with true facts about elephants and splendid color photographs from the Woodland Park Zoo, Hansa is very highly recommended for young people who want to learn more about this wondrous, exotic animal species."
—Midwest Book Review Summer 2002