It’s 1944. Elizabeth's father is fighting with the German army on the eastern front. Her mother works at Dresden zoo, where her favourite animal is a young 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.
Their home destroyed, Elizabeth and her family must flee the bombed-out city and through the wintery landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough, without an elephant in tow….
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Our audience was ages 10, 13, and 69!! And we all loved it !! Good history lesson on war without gore. Interesting perspective on everyday life during war time. And what a great storyline with Marlena.
War by any way you look at it, Is bad. But have you ever thought about what happens to everyone, and everything else as this war is fought? How about a whole Zoo? Bogs the mind doesn't it?
It is not just military...What happens to ???
A beautiful book for young and old. A family saves an elephant and themselves during world war 2. A coming of age.
We have listened to it many times it's just as good as the first time we heard it!
"The Elephant in the garden"
It is a really good book and is a very moving story. It gives us a taste of what it was like for German people as we know lots about what it was like for English people. It is a fabulous story.
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