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The Magician's Elephant: Special Signed Edition (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Kate DiCamillo, Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)

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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.
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Title:The Magician's Elephant: Special Signed Edition
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Other authors:Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2009), Edition: Spl Sgd, Hardcover, 208 pages
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Good story. I like Kate DiCamillo. Not my favorite of hers, but good. ( )
  MelissaEHoyt | Aug 20, 2021 |
A simply written children's novel about love and loss, devotion and daring -- beautifully illustrated. Following a fortune teller's advice about following an elephant, a young boy is reunited with a sister he thought was dead. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
This the fourth book by Kate DiCamillo that I’ve read and I enjoyed it as much as the others.

Peter Augustus Duchene is ten years old and lives with an old soldier, Vilna Lutz, in the city of Baltese. He was orphaned when his mother died shortly after giving birth to his sister and his father was killed in war. Lutz is Peter’s guardian.

Peter feels there is more about his life he should know — where does he belong? Is his sister still alive and if so where is she and will he ever see her again? Whenever he tries to find out from Lutz, he is told his sister is dead. That the only thing he needs to focus on is becoming a good soldier, as Lutz is teaching him by drills and a Spartan lifestyle. Peter feels otherwise.

When Peter is sent to market to buy fish and bread, he sees a tent in the middle of town with a sign advertising a gypsy fortune teller. There is a strong draw to it and he winds up spending the coin to get an answer from the fortune teller. The answer is that an elephant will have the answer.

This is the beginning of a magical tale of unusual events for Peter and some of the inhabitants of Baltese. It involves a magician, an elephant, a cold snowy night, a policeman and a woman in a wheelchair.

DiCamillo writes a magical fairy tale about trusting, hoping, the unexpected and the extraordinary. A tale for children and adults. ( )
  ChazziFrazz | Mar 18, 2021 |
This might have made a great picture book but it's severely lacking in depth for a longer work. The whole thing was just too simplistic. The characters didn't have to work at all to overcome their problems, things just effortlessly worked out for them. Not really worth the read, in my opinion, or the price of a hardcover. ( )
  bugaboo_4 | Jan 3, 2021 |
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  NeedMoreShelves | Jul 3, 2020 |
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DiCamillo writes here in a register entirely her own, catching not the ­whimsical-fabulous note of earlier masters for young readers, nor the jokey-realistic one that has too often taken its place, but instead a mood of sober magic that unfolds into something that can be called, without pejorative, “sentimental,” meaning straightforward and heartfelt. The style may evoke Calvino, but the substance belongs to Christmas.
 
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At the end of the century before last, in the market square of the city of Baltese, there stood a boy with a hat on his head and a coin in his hand.
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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.

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Voici une histoire qui invite à croire en l'innatendu ... et à transformer l'extraordinaire en réalité.
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Candlewick Press

2 editions of this book were published by Candlewick Press.

Editions: 0763644102, 0763648000

 

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