Chapter 16

Elephants' ears are designed to act as an air-conditioning system. As blood passes through an elephant's thin ears, it's cooled by the air and then moves on to cool the whole elephant down. Flapping the ears helps the process.

Pre-reading discussion:

1. Do you agree with Jack's decision to steal a bike and helmet from l.l. bean?

2. Do you think that this decision is typical of choices Jack has made in the past? Why or why not? Give evidence.

3. What do humans naturally have or naturally do to cool themselves? Which is more efficient -- elephant air-conditioning or human?

Orland River -- looks refreshing, doesn't it?

Penobscot Narrows Bridge with Fort Knox in the top right corner. Notice the two bridges side by side?

Fort Knox