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An elephant in the garden (original 2010; udgave 2011)

af Michael Morpurgo

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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...… (mere)
Medlem:Chantalvs
Titel:An elephant in the garden
Forfattere:Michael Morpurgo
Info:London : HarperCollins Children's, 2011.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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An Elephant in the Garden af Michael Morpurgo (2010)

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I love elephants and historical fiction, and I was intrigued to read something by the author of [b:War Horse|792161|War Horse (War Horse, #1)|Michael Morpurgo|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1360677423s/792161.jpg|1575365], even if I didn't like the movie.

It wasn't bad, but it wasn't fantastic. I guess it's been a long time since I've read something so simplistic. Mostly I just lost respect for this book when a 16-year-old girl fell in love at almost-first-sight with a 21-year-old soldier...and later married him. Seriously? Because no 16-year-old in end-of-WWII Germany has anything else on her mind but romance...

Probably my favorite character was the Countess. She seemed to have the most realistic role--no wonder, since she was based on a real person. But she had the most nuanced story, I think. I would like to read a whole book about her!

Anyway, this was just a filler while I waited to hand [b:Wolf Hall|6101138|Wolf Hall (Thomas Cromwell, #1)|Hilary Mantel|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1336576165s/6101138.jpg|6278354]back and get [b:Bring Up the Bodies|13507212|Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell, #2)|Hilary Mantel|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1330649655s/13507212.jpg|14512257]. It was the shortest book I had, though I didn't finish it as quickly as I might have finished other books. Ah well. ( )
  books-n-pickles | Oct 29, 2021 |
Even in the middle of a war, compassion and kindness can exist, in this case, for an el - ephant in a German zoo. Excellent and heart-warming
  NCSS | Jul 23, 2021 |
An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo. Section 10 C. It is February, 1945. The setting is Dresden, Germany. Lizzie’s and Karl’s mother works at the Dresden Zoo and is in charge of a 4 year old. Elephant. Named Marlene after Marlene Dietrich. Her zoo boss has told all the animal keepers: if Dresden is bombed, the animals, especially the dangerous cats and large animals will have to be shot. Mother gets permission to bring Marlene home to stay in the family’s garden at night for safety. One evening, while taking Marlene for a stroll through the park allied bombers drone overhead and unleash terror on Dresden. Marlene runs off and mother and the children run for their lives, away, away from the burning city. Somehow Marlene finds them and off they go into the countryside, the same as many other of the city’s inhabitants – all terrified, mostly on foot.
What follows is an odyssey – it is cold winter, no water, no food, thin shoes and coats. And an elephant in tow. Where to go? They decide to head west toward the Americans and British because the Russian guns in the east are getting closer and they have heard the Russian soldiers are especially cruel. Can they walk fast enough to get to the Americans before the Russians catch up with them? Where will they find any human food, much less food for a giant herbivore in winter?
This survival adventure by Morpurgo, author of War Horse (9 D in our library), is loosely based on WW2 news articles. Rather than War Horse’s setting on the English side in WW1, he sets this story on the German side in WW2. The book helps readers see what life was like for Germans as they received “payback” for the London Blitz and destruction of Coventry. No matter which side you were on, World War 2 was horrific.
Books like this are important for middle school readers because they allow readers to experience crisis and catastrophe, but at arm’s length, in safety. They can learn that survival takes faith, luck, ingenuity and dogged determination. This book celebrates the will to survive that kids can take into their hearts and build on in their own lives when illness, deaths in the family, or crises occur. While this is essentially a book for youth, adults will enjoy it too and be able to finish it in an evening. I thought it was a great survival story with a uniquely satisfying ending. ( )
  Epiphany-OviedoELCA | Jul 18, 2021 |
Inspired by two true events described the afterword, this novel is narrated by an elderly woman (Lizzie) in a nursing home telling the story of her youth in Dresden Germany during World War II. Her mother was a zookeeper, who brought a young elephant home nightly to their private garden out of fear for the mammal's safety. When the bombing begins on a snowy winter night, Lizzie flees with her mother, younger brother, and Marlene, the elephant. They flee to the country, only to find a Canadian navigator on their family's farm. A seminal event unites these enemies, and together they flee the invading Russians. Heartwarming story of courage, friendships, love, and war. 4.5 stars.

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  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Devastated to learn that an elephant in the Dresden, Germany zoo where their mother works is to be euthanized because of an upcoming bombing, Lizzie and Karl persuade the zoo director to let them keep the elephant in their garden.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Jun 11, 2019 |
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