The Magician’s Elephant

Kate DiCamillo’s beautiful story about a boy searching for his sister and an elephant, and the adults surrounding them touches on tragedy, belief and hope.  Who cannot help but ache for Peter, who is being raised by a harsh old soldier, unsure if his sister survived after the death of his mother, and yet, always searches, always asks, always hopes despite adversity. The magical appearance of an elephant disturbs the town, and we watch who accuses the elephant, who takes advantage of the elephant and who helps the elephant. Peter understands what the elephant needs, and in helping the elephant, he also finds his sister.  Yoko Tanaka’s illustrations complement the story with precisely the right tone of quaint mystery.

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Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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