07 August 2011

The Elephant in the Garden; Michael Morpurgo

Elephant in the GardenElephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The latest book from the author of War Horse is also set during wartime, this time we're in Germany during World War II (for the most part; the main story is told as a "story within a story" by Lizzie, who now is 82 and lives in a senior citizens home). The tale of how Lizzie's family cared for Marlene, the elephant from the Dresden zoo, and escaped from Dresden, walking across Germany to find the American troops and safety, is a little dry, but there are some moments where your heartstrings will be tugged.

This isn't as moving as War Horse, but children will find the story fascinating (and like the earlier book, it is sort-of based on real life).

ARC provided by publisher.

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