The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant

eBook - 2009
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When ten-year-old orphan Peter Augustus Duchene encounters a fortune teller in the marketplace one day and she tells him that his sister, who is presumed dead, is in fact alive, he embarks on a remarkable series of adventures as he desperately tries to find her.
Publisher: Somerville : Candlewick Press, 2009
Edition: First electronic edition
ISBN: 9780763649418
0763649414
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Additional Contributors: Tanaka, Yōko (Pianist),- Illustrator
Notes: Title from eBook information screen

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AL_ANNAL Mar 20, 2017

A touching, sweet story for children about loneliness and the longing for family and the joy of reunion. Wonderful elements of humor as well. "A quieter volume than The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, this has an equal power to haunt readers long past the final page." (Kirkus Reviews)

0Charlie Jun 25, 2016

I have enjoyed many of Kate DiCamillo's works - Because of Winn-Dixie, Tale of Despereaux, Tiger Rising, Great Joy, Flora & Ulysses - and this book continues the positive experience. Although incredible stuff happens to ordinary people in this work, the story remains honest and sweet. The story is told simply but the magic and feeling created stays with you. Highly recommended.

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Rachels_FYI
Mar 22, 2015

I found myself looking forward to reading the next chapter to my son. I think the best age for children to read/have read to them this book would be age 8-9. But as an adult who loves grown up stories like Amelie (the movie), this has that feel of stopping to appreciate the bittersweet beauty in the world, with a happy ending when characters find their way through challenges.

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jeslyn220
Nov 24, 2011

I am a 4th grader and this is the book I am reading because I am Global Reading Challenger! This book is also very wonderful and exciting!

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greenturtle
Jul 01, 2011

A really great and fantastic story about hope and dreams come true. It is so beautiful, and I recommend it to everyone. It is one of my favorites!

missmarcy Jun 29, 2011

Magician makes elephant appear. It leads Peter to find his sister. Beautifully written.

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AlanaS
May 22, 2011

What a wonderful story!

Fredinthelibrary May 13, 2011

Remarkable!

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KC_135
Jan 27, 2011

Wonderful story! Very mysterious, makes you feel like the charcter, with the right setting and story line. Could imagine a better book. I stayed up 2 nights in a row to finish this beautiful story.

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macierules
Jul 15, 2010

a tale about hope; really enjoyed the black-and-white illustrations.

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joycemas
Jul 02, 2014

When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes — hope and belonging, desire and compassion — with the lightness of a magician’s touch.

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