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Publisher's Summary

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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Beautifully Written and Performed

I read with my 12 year old twins and it was so enjoyable and presented so many teachable moments. From the care and respect of the elderly to being a refugee in your own country. It was written with a gentle touch and ever so quietly taught them about what it is to be a refugee and the hardships war brings to family.

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Great story,, well performed.

Our grandkids loved it, as did we. Great for passing the time on a long car trip.

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Wonderful

If you are not German and have a biased view of the second world war this book will help right it....

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Sweet story

This is a sweet story. A story of faith, hope and love. Good young adult book.

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Wonderful

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.

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"I have too, there is an Elephant in our Garden!"

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 ???

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Enjoyed it

Very nice story for children and adults. The narrator did a nice job with the characterization.

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  • CMoon
  • 12-25-12

Heartwarming

A beautiful book for young and old. A family saves an elephant and themselves during world war 2. A coming of age.

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  • KM
  • 09-08-16

Brilliant!

Would you listen to An Elephant in the Garden again? Why?

I wouldn't listen to it again - but I think my children would. We listened to it on a long car journey & it was engaging & exciting.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing about WW2 from the side of German civilians - prompted some interesting family discussions.

Have you listened to any of Fiona Clarke’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No I haven't heard anything else she's narrated.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The incredible story of an Elephant in war torn Germany!

Any additional comments?

A great story for children & adults!

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  • Rosalind Whitelegg
  • 03-18-16

Amazing! Excellent!

We have listened to it many times it's just as good as the first time we heard it!

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  • Mrs
  • 07-05-15

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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