The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant

by Kate DiCamillo, Yoko Tanaka
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The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo, Yoko Tanaka

A classic tale by Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo, America's beloved storyteller. 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. Featuring illustrations and a new cover by Yoko Tanaka, as well as an excerpt of Kate DiCamillo's newest novel, Raymie Nightingale.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763649418
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 168,166
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kate DiCamillo is the author of THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX, which was awarded the Newbery Medal; THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE, winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award; BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE, a Newbery Honor winner; THE TIGER RISING, a National Book Award Finalist; the picture book GREAT JOY; and several books starring Mercy Watson, including a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book. She lives in Minneapolis.


Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date of Birth:

March 25, 1964

Place of Birth:

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


B.A. in English, University of Florida at Gainesville, 1987

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The Magician's Elephant 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 332 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Magician's Elephant By: Kate Dicamillo Peter is just trying to get the answer to the simple question, "Does she live?" What Peter does not know is that this one question will lead him on a search for his missing sister. His mom trusted him to keep his sister safe but the he had to let her go. On an errand he found a fortuneteller and asked her. The fortuneteller said to follow the elephant. Then when an unexpected visitor comes to town, peter figures out the way. The suspenseful chapters make you feel like you cannot put the book down. The clever descriptions draw a very clear picture in your mind. It is easy to see the gloomy snow covered days that spread across the town day after day and the beggar with his black dog Iddo. The elephant, magician, and Madam La Vaughn, all play very important rolls to help tell the reader that you can trust others. All these characters join together to help the elephant go home and Peter find his sister. It was very difficult for Madam to help and join with the magician that crippled her legs. What does she choose? (Published by candlewick press, copyright 2009) Recommended for ages 7 - 12
greekmeee More than 1 year ago
i loved this book i read it like 10 times lol i loved the tale of desperaux so i thought "hey i guess i will read this one too" well good thing i did haha. i think this book is good for ppl at the ages of about 7 to 11 0r 12
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate DiCamillo has written another outstanding book! The Magician's Elephant is a story about hope, belonging, and forgiveness. One can easily identify with each character in her book and their struggles in life! A little boy longs to find his "lost" sister and to belong to someone and be loved. A childless couple longs to have children. A magician longs to be recognized and noticed for extraordinary magic. An elephant who is "homesick" longs to return home. All of us want to feel loved, noticed, and that we "belong" to someone. This is what makes us human. Kate DiCamillo not only appeals to children, but to adults as well. This book was a page turner and I read it in one day!
Christopher_C More than 1 year ago
Kate DiCamillo's newest novel the Magician's Elephant is a hauntingly beautiful tale with rich characters that focus on hope and making the impossible possible. The mood lavishly set with DiCamillo's writing style and Yoko Tanaka's brilliant illustrations. Young Peter lives with an old soldier that knew his father when they were in battle together. When sent to the market to get bread and fish, Peter uses his only money to ask a fortuneteller if his sister is still alive. He receives a mysterious answer about following an elephant and is shocked to later discover an elephant was conjured up accidentally by a magician during his recent performance. With the help of a policeman named Leo, Peter sets out to rescue the elephant and find is sister
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How many pages is this book? Someone please answer :)
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
This book was entertaining, but at first, I thought I might not like it - there was no introduction to the characters - they just came alive with a big bang. Not as good as The Tale of Despereaux", but still good reading.
JennJR More than 1 year ago
I bought two copies of this book and liked almost as much as the nine year old I bought it for. This book is not only good to help bridge learning vocabulary and reading vocabulary, but the story in itself is great for everyone in the family. I've actually recommended this book to my adult friends to read.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
As always, DiCamillo introduces her readers to a beautiful world full of interesting characters. Not quite the allegorical social commentary of The Tale of Despereaux, The Magician's Elephant is still an engaging journey through what seems to be a small European town at the turn of the century. The magic is not an end to itself, but rather is the catalyst in bringing about a chain of events that cause various characters to shift from their comfort zones and move onto something greater. In this way, DiCamillo is subtle, but powerful, and it can be both a fun book for younger readers as well as a book with multiple layers for older ones. I recommend this book to all readers 8+. -Lindsey Miller,
Jenny More than 1 year ago
A heartfelt, timeless fable about the power of wonder and the magic of "What if?". DiCamillo's been working in the style of faux fairytale since Desperaux, and the lessons she's learned in her previous books help here: she keeps it short, sweet, and to the point. I feel, as the people of Baltese say, as though I were in the presence of the elephant.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when i was in 5th grade and it was a good read. Although i think that a 6th grader would enjoy the book more. It can be a little slow at first but once one gets into the story it is difficult to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and a very high vocabulary(6th grade) good book for teachers to read to their students
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a really good!!! Recommend that 4-6 grade read it...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The rhythm of the writing, the intertwining of the plots lines, the artistry of it all -- just a beautiful book in a classic oral storytelling style. One of my all time favorites.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kate DiCamillo stories never disappoint. I love them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read three other kKate DicCammilo books and totally loved and gave them a thumbs up! I have added this book to my wishlist and hope to read it soon. I have never thought anout a favorite author but DiCamillo has outdone herself on other books and i think this book will also be great i think she might be my favorite author she has talent and i enjoy every word in her books!!!!!!!!!! This book i think is a wonderfull fantabulous must read book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but so not worth the money it is only 89 pages of pure boring I suggest you to read instead harry potter
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book is great i think you should buy it read it 2 times you should buy it great for 10 and up it is SOOO!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was great & hard to put down. I liked it a lot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ya pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow, I never thought it wwould be this good. I read it day in and day out ebery spare moment. Im really getting into it.