The Elephant from Baghdad by Mary Tavener Holmes

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Who would have thought that the emperor Charlemagne would make friends with an albino elephant, a gift from the caliph of Baghdad? Told from the fictionalized point of view of a monk who set down the actual story in 883 884 CE, the book follows the elephant's journey through Egypt, across the Mediterranean to Italy and across the Alps to Germany. When the elephant finally reaches his destination, Charlemagne is so delighted with his exotic new pet that he introduces him to his many children and bathes with him in the hot springs near his palace. When the elephant dies of old age, the emperor is heartbroken. Jon Cannell invigorates his charming mixed-media artwork with artifacts, paintings, and sculpture from earlier centuries. An Author's Note about the origins of the story and the remarkable water clock carried by the elephant is included.

About Mary Tavener Holmes

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Ilya Mary Tavener Holmes and John Harris also collaborated on A Giraffe Goes to Paris. Mary lives in New York City; John lives in Santa Monica, California.Jon Cannell owns his own design studio and designed the book. He also illustrated and designed A Giraffe Goes to Paris. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published May 1, 2012 by Two Lions. 40 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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An authors’ note provides more information on the historical Notker the Stammerer and the famous clock, as well as providing sources for their story.

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The team behind A Giraffe Goes to Paris (2010) continues its pursuit of historic megafauna with this tale of Abu the white elephant, sent to Charlemagne by the caliph Harun al-Rashid.

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