The Magician's Elephant

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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age 8+

Magical, inspirational story perfect for reading aloud.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 7+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 8+

Brilliant Author

There are no words to adequately describe brilliance of Kate DeCamillo. Poetic, symbolic, deep, but humorous and not heavy handed, altlhough it isn't a light read. She doesn't shy away from difficult or dark themes at times. She tells a great story. My sixteen year old is reading it again, for the third time. Equally a joy to read for adult and kid alike. It's just great literature.

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Kate DiCamillo is such a lovely storyteller...

Her books are always a joy to read aloud, and this one is no exception. This story is absurd in the best way, and DiCamillo makes heartwarming poetry of it. Sensitive children might initially struggle with the treatment of the elephant, but the story has a happy ending, even when "happy" for certain character(s) only means that they come to terms with what life has dealt them.

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