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Elephant in the Garden [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Michael Morpurgo
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9. Juni 2011
A thrilling and moving novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion...By the award-winning former Children's Laureate and author of War Horse. Dresden, 1945. Elizabeth and Karli's mother works at the zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. Then the zoo director tells her that the dangerous animals - including the elephants - must be shot before the town is bombed. Unable to give Marlene up, their mother moves her into the back garden to save her...and then the bombs start to fall. Their home destroyed, the whole family must flee the bombed-out city and through the perilous, snow-covered landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough to do, without an elephant in tow...

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  • Taschenbuch: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Collins Childrens Books (9. Juni 2011)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0007339585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007339587
  • Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: 7 - 9 Jahre
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,5 x 12,5 x 19,3 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 92.400 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Praise for An Elephant in the Garden "This is a handsome, very pickupable book. Brightly and informatively jacketed, its text punctuated by lovely, fluid ink and wash illustrations by Michael Foreman, it deserves a prominent place on school library bookshelves and, if there is any justice in the world, in bookshops." Guardian "A thrilling and moving new novel about an extraordinary animal caught up in a very human war, for anyone who loved The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips or The Butterfly Lion!" Waterstones "For readers aged eight and over, this captivating novel offers an insight into how Hitler came to power, refracted through the gaze of the young narrator." Telegraph "Following the stage success of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo returns with another gem in his animals in war series, An Elephant in the Garden." Telegraph

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Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His recent bestselling novels include 'Shadow', 'A Medal for Leroy' and 'Little Manfred'. His novel 'War Horse' has been successfully adapted as a West End and Broadway theatre play and a major film by Steven Spielberg. A former Children's Laureate, Michael is also the co-founder, with his wife Clare, of the charity Farms for City Children.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Hervorragend 1. September 2013
Von Caro
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Die Geschichte ist sehr anschauend geschrieben und die Handlung bleibt spannend bis zum letzten Augenblick. Tolles Buches das ich uneingeschraenkt empfehlen kann.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen tolle Ausgabe 19. August 2013
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Cover, Schriftgröße und tolle Zeichnungen sind hervorragend. Die Geschichte ist natürlich wunderschön und ich nutze sie im Erwachsenenunterricht. Danke dafür
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Fleeing the Russian Troops with an Elephant 5. Oktober 2010
Von Nicola Mansfield - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Reason for Reading: I like the author and would simply read anything he wrote.

This story set during WWII is from a perspective which I don't read much of, that of the everyday German family. I have read books from the German perspective but usually they are hiding Jews and that would be the focus of the story. An Elephant in the Garden does not really explore the War itself very much, outside of what this middle class pacifist family would know from the propaganda they were fed. Before the war actually starts they have had a heated argument with their closest relatives who have said they never want to see them again as they believe Hitler will be good for the country and our family, living in Dresden think he is a madman. War starts and Papi is called to active duty, sent to fight in France and later in Russia. Mutti has gotten herself a job working at the local zoo which is a walkable distance from their home. With this background, we enter the main theme of the book as the Allies are winning, drawing nearer to the cities, and then Dresden is bombed to a pile of ash. Mutti, Karl and Elizabeth leave the city as many refugees do as they have the Americans coming from one side and the Russians from the other and no one wants to suffer at the hands of the Russians. So they all head towards the Americans, but Mutti feels she must bring Marlene with her, a very sad, grieving baby elephant whose mother died several months ago. Mutti has known her since she was born. Marlene has been living in their garden overnights and has become a part of the family. It is a hard journey for any refugee as they trudge for weeks through the snow, rationing a dwindling supply of food, with the Russians ever present at their back but with an elephant along this brings added elements both bad and good.

This is a delightful story but wasn't as good as I was expecting it to be. It was a very quiet story, with interesting things happening but without any buildup to a big climax; it simply told a fascinating story with a calm approach. From the point of the German family it was a bit strange as the war as a whole was not a topic, only how it affected them: loosing Papi to the army and then the penultimate loss of house and home from the bombings. Hitler is mentioned twice by German characters who vehemently despised everything he stood for. Otherwise this could have been any war and I think there are two ways of understanding this story.

One, from the everyday German civilian's point of view who suffered as much as any Allied civilian who had his town bombed to smithereens. This reminds us that wars are started by governments not the civilians. Second, the story focuses on the refugee status of the family, the long journey to safety, and upon safety being labeled "displaced persons" and put into a fenced-in camp. This compares to the modern day war refugees we see on TV today who have been driven from their homes and shows that refugeeism is a fall-out from war itself and has happened in every war to both sides, throughout history.

A good read. Marlene the elephant adds humour and quirkiness to the story, she also brings people together who would not otherwise have spoken to each other. But yet, with all that goes on, it is still a quiet book that goes at a steady pace and lingers.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Historical Fiction for child and parent 6. Februar 2012
Von Heidi Kroll - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This book is perfectly wonderful! My 13 year-old son and I just got done reading it. We would have read it in one sitting, if we could have. It covers such good ground, on so many topics, in so many ways. The story is being told by an elderly woman and the author is very authentic with presenting her physical and mental limitations and her dislike for living in a nursing home. The content is written in such a way that you really do feel that you have become the family in Germany, fleeing danger for the unknown. Warning: early on in the book, the word "bastards" is used by a character and near the end, a soldier yells, "What the hell is this?" If you don't want your child to read this, you could read it aloud and skip that. You can read it aloud, if you aren't crying too hard! Enjoy this good literature together; you will enjoy it as much as your child will!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great read 26. März 2012
Von Terry C. Johnston - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an exceptional story. I enjoyed it thoroughly. You don't get to see what life was like behind enemy lines very often. The regular people, what they had to endure, not just the hero's. It was very good, and to know it was a true story makes it all the better. I highly recomend it.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Read Aloud 3. Februar 2012
Von Lynne Dillingham - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I bought this book because I love both the city of Dresden and the book Water for Elephants. Not much of Dresden is in the setting, and the plot is not as complex as Water for Elephants. Still, the book is an excellent read-aloud for upper elementary students because of the elephant's appealing character and the suspense of the family's wartime journey to Heidelberg. I also noticed a connection to the von Stauffenberg plot to assassinate Hitler. The Countess's castle is in about the right place on the journey, but it is a parallel rather than a reference because Von Stauffenberg's wife was arrested after her husband was executed. The compass is an important symbol in the book, and there is a lot of opportunity for students to debate ethical choices.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Elephant Sized Tale of War & Life! 12. Januar 2012
Von Sylviastel - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Gebundene Ausgabe
Michael Morpurgo OBE MBE has written a tale about animals and children. In this story, Karl gets to visit his mother's workplace, a nursing home in England. There he meets Lizzie better known as Elizabeth. She wants to tell him a story about an elephant in the garden.

Well, Elizabeth or Lizzie tells her story about her life before World War II in Dresden, Germany and during the bombing and afterwards. She had a younger brother named Karli and lived with both her parents in Dresden.

Elizabeth is a German girl during the war but her family didn't believe in war even though her father was sent off to war. Her mother remained at home where she worked at the Dresden Zoo where she met Marlene (named after German singer/actress Marlene Dietrich). When the bombing of Dresden occurs, Elizabeth, her mother, brother, and an Elephant named Marlene must escape.

This novel is a great read for children and adults as well. I found it quite interesting and wanted to compare this book to the War Horse. If you want to read another Morpurgo novel, this book would be next on the list. It's less than 200 pages and is an easy read.
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