The World's Greatest Elephant by Ralph Helfer

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Spanning several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again; through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City.

Modoc is a captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure, to be treasured by animal lovers everywhere.

 

About Ralph Helfer

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Ted Lewin grew up in an old frame house in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, a chimpanzee, and an assortment of more conventional pets. The lion was given to his older brother, Don, while he was traveling as a professional wrestler, and he shipped it home. The family kept Sheba in the basement fruit cellar until Don returned and their mother convinced him to give it to the Buffalo zoo. Ted always knew he wanted to be an illustrator. As a child he copied the work of illustrators and painters he admired, including N.C. Wyeth, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Velázquez, and Goya. When it came time to go to art school (Pratt), he needed to earn money to finance his education. So, following in his brother's footsteps, he took a summer job as a wrestler—the beginning of a 15-year part-time career that eventually inspired his autobiographical book I Was a Teenage Professional Wrestler. Ted's career as an artist began with illustrations for adventure magazines, and it's only over the last several years that he has devoted his time to writing and illustrating children's books. “I'm having more fun doing this than anything I've ever done before,” he says. He is an avid traveler, and many of his books are inspired by trips to such places as the Amazon River, the Sahara Desert, Botswana, Egypt, Lapland, and India. Ted and his wife Betsy live in Brooklyn, New York, where they share their home with two cats, Slick and Chopper.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 354 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math, Education & Reference. Fiction

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They float together for days, landing on the coast of India—how a ship bound from Germany to the United States could founder anywhere within floating distance of India is just one of many fatal credibility problems the story deals the reader.

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This adaptation of the 2005 adult title Zamba: The True Story of the Greatest Lion That Ever Lived offers a remarkable animal story and beautifully showcases Lewin’s skill at portraying realistic, expressive animals.

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Examiner

"The World's Greatest Lion" by Ralph Helfer and illustrated in beautiful watercolors by Ted Lewin is a wonderful nonfiction picture book that reads like fiction.

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Project MUSE

Helfer's adult book about German circus boy Bram Gunterstein and the elephant Modoc is awaiting possible translation to the silver screen, but first it's getting reinterpreted as a...

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Project MUSE

Helfer's adult book about German circus boy Bram Gunterstein and the elephant Modoc is awaiting possible translation to the silver screen, but first it's getting reinterpreted as a...

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