When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her?
The fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (An elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that Peter can hardly dare to believe it.
But it is - all of it - true.
©2010 Kate DiCamillo (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
What a lovely story of perseverance, and belief in the impossible. Kudos to Ms. Stevenson whose artful reading added her own bit of magic as we traveled together on this delightful journey. I can still hear the fortune teller's words in my mind week's after listening. Fabulous tale, excellent reading.
Kate DiCamillo is a wonderful artist. The world she takes us into is delightful, and each character in the story plays a significant role. The story is touching, heartwarming, and simply magical.
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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.
This is a delightful tale of hopes and dreams and the magic moments in life. The story is not too long - I listened to it in two afternoons - and it held my interest. The narrator, Juliet Stevenson, was one of the best I've ever heard. Her range of voices for the different characters was nothing short of amazing!! I highly recommend it!
Listened to this one with my 12 and 10 year old sons on a long car trip. It's adorable, a little sad but a happy ending. My boys read a lot of dystopia fiction and though I'm a fan, I'm tired of the constant dose the boys get. This was my pick,they didn't complain once, and still quote it occasionally.
This book was magical. The audio version brings an elevation of drama that brought me chills. Each time the reader repeated a sentence designed to drive a thought home, such as "She's alive" I felt it in my bones! Lovely!
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The best part of this book is the belief that things are not always what they seem, holding open the process of seeing what is not visible to one's eye.
The way things and events are drawn together creates a very magical tale. It is pure fantasy.
Juliet Stevenson adds imagination, vivid and clearly wonderful. I much prefer to have an audible book because I love to have the story embellished as the narrator does.
This book has the usual deep meanings that Kate Dicamillo imparts. The heart warming and mysterious stuff. But it feels emotionally, and message-wise too much like a rewrite of her other books. I did enjoy it though, very much. But it just wasn't original and each page fascinating and moving, like Edward Tulane for instance. Kate's books are so deep and the reader is so good, though, that you do get transported into this inner world of the book, so maybe if I was emotionally in a different place, or different events in life, It would have hit me harder.
This book reads like a children's book. The story is fantastical and repetitive.
Most of them
Maybe it's just me.
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