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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….

©2010 HarperCollins Publishers (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

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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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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