Queenie by Corinne Fenton
One Elephant's Story

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Sad indeed, but a little bland—though less traumatic in the telling than the stories of Jumbo or the Faithful Elephants...
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The true story of one of the most famous elephants of all time: Queenie, the gentle Indian elephant.

Evoking a time when elephants were giving rides in zoos all around the world, the true story of Queenie follows her from her birth in an Indian jungle to Australia’s Melbourne Zoo, where she lived for more than forty years, giving rides to children. Thousands of kids loved Queenie, celebrated her birthday, and sent her letters. But in an event still not fully understood, Queenie crushed one of her keepers in late 1944. Was she mistreated or bored? Was it an accident? No one knows, but zoos have changed since Queenie’s time. Plainspoken and honest, this gentle account shows the good, the bad, and the evolution of zoo philosophy. Queenie’s story is a thought-provoking steppingstone for discussion of a complex, difficult topic.
 

About Corinne Fenton

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Corinne Fenton is the author of more than fifteen children’s books, but Queenie: One Elephant’s Story is her first picture book. She is the Victorian coordinator of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Sydney.Peter Gouldthorpe is recognized as one of Australia’s most versatile and skillful illustrators. He has received many awards and commendations for his work, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Gary Crew’s First Light. He lives in Tasmania.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Candlewick. 24 pages
Genres: History, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books.
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on May 01 2013

Sad indeed, but a little bland—though less traumatic in the telling than the stories of Jumbo or the Faithful Elephants...

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