Lizzie and Karl’s mother is a zoo keeper; the family has become attached to an orphaned elephant named Marlene, who will be destroyed as a precautionary measure so she and the other animals don’t run wild should the zoo be hit by bombs. The family persuades the zoo director to let Marlene stay in their garden instead. When the city is bombed, the family flees with thousands of others, but how can they walk the same route when they have an elephant in tow, and keep themselves safe? Along the way, they meet Peter, a Canadian navigator who risks his own capture to save the family.
As Michael Morpurgo writes in an author’s note, An Elephant in the Garden is inspired by historical truths, and by his admiration for elephants, “the noblest and wisest and most sensitive of all creatures.” Here is a story that brings together an unlikely group of survivors whose faith in kindness and love proves the best weapon of all.
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Sixteen-year-old Lizzie, her younger brother Karli, her mother and the elephant begin, on foot, a mid-winter journey toward the safety of a relative’s rural home, where they encounter Peter, a Canadian flyer downed in the bombing.| Read Full Review of An Elephant in the Garden
Inspired by a true story about an elephant rescued from a Belfast zoo during WWII, acclaimed British author Morpurgo (War Horse) pens a historical novel about a German family's struggle to survive as their country is torn apart.Nov 14 2011 | Read Full Review of An Elephant in the Garden
When the allies begin to bomb Dresden, the Lizzie, her mother, and her younger brother Karli, along with Marlene, run from the city and walk to a relative’s farm.Feb 06 2012 | Read Full Review of An Elephant in the Garden
The narrative is taken over by Lizzie who begins to tell Karl the story of the elephant, Marlene, explaining that their mother worked at Dresden Zoo during the war and was given the task of looking after a baby elephant.| Read Full Review of An Elephant in the Garden
Set in Germany at the end of World War Two, the books tells the simple tale of a family who take flight with their unusual four-legged friend.Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of An Elephant in the Garden
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