Emi and the Rhino Scientist (Scientists in the Field)

by Mary Kay Carson (Author)

Emi and the Rhino Scientist (Scientists in the Field)
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Terri Roth trudges through the thick, dark Sumatran jungle. She’s looking for a rhinoceros that’s been seen in the area. It’s a rare Sumatran rhino, the world’s smallest rhino and one of the most endangered mammals on the planet. Suddenly she spots a young female rhino through the tangle of ferns and trees. The stocky animal is covered in reddish hair, and her snout sports two stubby horns. The rhino walks right up to Terri. The scientist slowly reaches out her hand and touches the rhino’s big nose.

The wild rhino’s curiosity and friendliness remind Terri of Emi, the female Sumatran rhino that lives at the Cincinnati Zoo where Terri works. Terri is working with Emi to help save Sumatran rhinos from extinction—one calf at a time.

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Starred Review
"This latest in the Scientists in the Field series has all the elements of top-notch nonfiction." 


Starred Review
With clearly written text, detailed and well-produced photographs and helpful maps and charts...should be welcome in high-school as well as middle-school libraries.


Carson provides fascinating detail...color photographs featuring Roth at work are upstaged only by those of the rhinos themselves...

School Library Journal

The text is full of important details, and the photographs are unfailingly crisp, bright, and full of variety.

Review quotes

"Pair this with other animal titles...and make sure kids get a chance to view Emi real-time on the zoo's webcam." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 

"An engaging new volume." —The Washington Post 

Mary Kay Carson
Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman are the author and illustrator of Emi and the Rhino Scientist. Mary Kay has written many books for children and Tom has been a freelance photographer for twenty years. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio, with their dog Ruby where they wait each summer evening for the bats to begin circling above their backyard pond.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Clarion Books
Publication date
October 20, 2010
Scientists in the Field
Wilde Award
Winner Best Nonfiction

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