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The Magician's Elephant | [Kate DiCamillo]

The Magician's Elephant

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Lucinda Chicago, IL, United States 02-21-11
    Lucinda Chicago, IL, United States 02-21-11
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    "WONDERFUL!"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rachael Athens, OH, United States 10-02-10
    Rachael Athens, OH, United States 10-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "wonderfully magical story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    06-22-11
    06-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Delightful!"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Sweet"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary College Station, TX, United States 02-26-13
    Mary College Station, TX, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Magical events"
    What did you love best about The Magician's Elephant?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way things and events are drawn together creates a very magical tale. It is pure fantasy.


    What does Juliet Stevenson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Ithaca, NY, United States 02-01-13
    Elizabeth Ithaca, NY, United States 02-01-13
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    "A Fairy Tale?"
    What disappointed you about The Magician's Elephant?

    This book reads like a children's book. The story is fantastical and repetitive.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Kate DiCamillo again?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Juliet Stevenson’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Magician's Elephant?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe it's just me.

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    Chris Edmond, OK, United States 04-29-12
    Chris Edmond, OK, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good, but not her best"

    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.

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