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The Magician's Elephant (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Kate DiCamillo, Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)

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Title:The Magician's Elephant
Authors:Kate DiCamillo
Other authors:Yoko Tanaka (Illustrator)
Info:Candlewick (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 208 pages
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The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo (2009)

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This is a sweet story that moved me several times. I listened to the audio version which was beautifully narrated by Juliet Stevenson. It annoyed me that the characters kept repeating themselves for emphasis, and that they all spoke the same way no matter what gender or social class they belonged to, but I think children will forgive this little quirk. ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
A fortuneteller's tent appears by market of the city of Baltese, An orphan Peter Augustus Duchene asks Does his sister still live? and how can he find her? The fortuneteller's mysterious answer was (i thought it was knda funny when i read this)(an elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) This book sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. My #1 favorite book.
  TylerR.B3 | Mar 19, 2014 |
A little self-consciously profound, but on the whole, a lovely and magical tale. ( )
  Turrean | Feb 15, 2014 |
Fantasy set in 18th century Europe. Connection with the elephant is wonderful and how the elephant draws the story out is great. It was written in such descriptive language that I could even hear the street hustle around the main character. A great time warp tale! A good way to get students to step outside of their lives and experience magic and fantasy in the past. Story is easy to follow and language is not complicated. Great example of descriptive words and setting. ( )
  DayDreamBear | Jan 28, 2014 |
My 100th read of the year! Yippee!!! And a gorgeous, beautiful book to be the one. Magical. ( )
  capriciousreader | Dec 20, 2013 |
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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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For H.S.L. and A.M.T.
They walked ahead of me.K.D.
For Daniel Favini, who magically appeared in my life and made my world blossom. Y.T.
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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.
"I intended lilies", said the magician.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0763644102, Hardcover)

Amazon Best of the Month, September 2009: Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo--author of The Tale of Despereaux and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane-- has crafted another exquisite novel for young readers. The Magician's Elephant tells the tale of Peter Augustus Duchene, a ten-year-old orphan who receives an unbelievable piece of information from the local fortuneteller. Peter learns that his fate is tied to an elephant that has inexplicably fallen from the sky when a magician's trick goes terribly wrong. Why did it happen? And, how can an elephant possibly change the course of Peter's life? This darkly atmospheric, yet hopeful tale, demonstrates that when the answers to life’s big questions are opaque or unforthcoming, all is not lost. DiCamillo's rhythmic writing, combined with Yoko Tanaka's mysterious black-and-white illustrations, enchants and calls out to our sincerest wishes and dreams (recommended for readers ages 8-13). --Lauren Nemroff 

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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.… (more)

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