An Elephant in the Garden

An Elephant in the Garden

Book - 2011
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1944. Elizabeth's mother works at Dresden Zoo, where her favorite animal is an elephant named Marlene. When the zoo director tells her the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok when the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother moves Marlene into the back garden to save her. And then the bombs start to fall...
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2011
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312593698
0312593694
Branch Call Number: j MORPURGO 2011
Characteristics: 199 p. ; 22 cm

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The story of Marlene, an elephant who was saved by her zookeeper during the Nazi ending period in 1945 when the Russian army invaded Dresden Germany and people had to moved out of the city.

When the dangerous zoo animals must be shot to prevent them running amok when the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mom moves an elephant into the backyard to save her.

It's 1944. Elizabeth's mother works at Dresden Zoo, where her favorite animal is an elephant named Marlene. When the zoo director tells her the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok when the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother moves Marlene into the back garden to save her. A... Read More »

When the zoo director announces that the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them from running amok if the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother moves the elephant Marlene into the family garden to save her.


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MsCourtney Feb 18, 2017

An unexpected story about war.

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Reads_A_Lot
Sep 11, 2015

Young adult historical fiction based loosely on a real elephant from a Belfast zoo during WW2. Interesting story told in a simplistic way. Picked it up because I am intrigued by elephants. Easy to read in a day.

SpringAltman Jul 21, 2014

A young family, a RAF Candian flyer, a youth choir and an elephant flee Dresden, Germany during WW2

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lukeooo2
Jan 30, 2012

good book teacher read it to the class

MissAnnie Oct 13, 2010

For those children having to read a book on War for their Remembrance Day projects, this makes a great selection. The story is set in Germany at the time of the Dresden bombing, but avoids any long violent descriptions. Instead we learn how one family was able to make it through this experience. And, there really is an elephant that goes along on the long trek to safety.

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