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An Elephant in the Garden

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With Lizzies father fighting in World War II, her mother takes on the job of a zoo keeper to provide for her family. Lizzie, her mother, and her eight-year-old brother Karli have become especially attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene. The bombing of Dresden is imminent and soon, so the zoo director explains that as a precautionary measure all the animals must be destroyed so that theyre not running wild through the city. Lizzies mother persuades the director to allow Marlene, the elephant, to come stay in the familys garden.

As predicted, Dresden is bombed, and the family, including Marlene, is forced from the city. Lizzie and her family arent alone. Thousands of Dresden residents are fleeing to find somewhere safe to stay. Lizzies mother has to find a different route out of the city to keep the elephant and the children safe from harm. Once they reach the abandoned home of their relatives, they come across Peter, a Canadian navigator who, by putting himself at risk of capture to save the family, gains their trust.

This unlikely grouping of family, elephant, and enemy turned ally come together beautifully to illustrate the importance of love, resolve, and hope.

Book ISBN: 9780007916320
Book Pages: 233
Book Publishing Year: 2012
Book Publisher: Harpercollins
Condition: Almost New

Country of Origin: UK
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