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The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant

By Kate DiCamillo and Illustrated by Yoko Tanaka


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Kate DiCamillo’s New York Times best-selling fable about trusting the unexpected and making the extraordinary come true.

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 you will hardly dare to believe it’s true. With atmospheric illustrations by fine artist Yoko Tanaka, here is a dreamlike and captivating tale that could only be narrated by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo. In this timeless fable, she evokes the largest of themes — hope and belonging, desire and compassion — with the lightness of a magician’s touch. With dreamlike illustrations and a cover by Yoko Tanaka.

About the contributor(s)

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She is a former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a two-time Newbery Medalist. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis.

Book details

ISBN: 9780763680886
Publisher: Candlewick
Date published:
Page count: 224
Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Animals / Elephants, Juvenile Fiction / Family / Orphans & Foster Homes, and Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Poverty & Homelessness
Ages: 8 to 12

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