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The Great Elephant Escape
     

The Great Elephant Escape

by Una Belle Townsend, Janice Hechter (Illustrator)
 

When two baby elephants escaped from the circus in 1975, it took eighteen days to find them. The authorities searched all over, but they were always one step behind this sneaky pair of fugitives. This colorful picture book follows these giant hide-and-seekers throughout Oklahoma as they evade capture for as long as they can.

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When two baby elephants escaped from the circus in 1975, it took eighteen days to find them. The authorities searched all over, but they were always one step behind this sneaky pair of fugitives. This colorful picture book follows these giant hide-and-seekers throughout Oklahoma as they evade capture for as long as they can.

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Children's Literature - Suzanna E. Henshon
What could be more exciting than watching elephants escape from the circus? Five young elephants escaped from the Carson & Barnes Circus grounds in Hugo, Oklahoma on July 2, 1975. Three elephants were quickly found, but Isa and Lilly were loose for three weeks. One day Annie and Jimmy discover that someone (or something) has eaten their mother's garden. Who is the culprit? To their surprise, giant footprints are visible throughout the garden, indicating a large animal has been there. The children discover that two elephants have escaped from the circus. The sheriff's office is busy looking for the two elephants, but they are elusive and elude the entire town for three weeks, scaring people and appearing unexpectedly in backyards. In this delightful and enchanting story, young readers will discover what happens when two elephants escape the circus and lead the entire town on a wild goose chase. Young readers will enjoy the lively text and wonderful illustrations. Reviewer: Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455615827
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/14/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,258,886
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Una Belle Townsend has been an elementary-school teacher for more than twenty years. She graduated from East Texas Baptist College and acquired her master’s degree in elementary education at Stephen F. Austin State University. She has received many local honors for her short stories and poetry. Her other works include The Oklahoma Land Run and The Great Elephant Escape. She has lived in Yukon for more than twenty-five years.

Janice Hechter is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. She is the recipient of a National Best Book Award and a San Francisco Book Festival Award.

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