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In 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…

Michael Morpurgo


Comments on: "The elephant in the garden – Michael Morpurgo" (1)

  1. I would like to recommend the Book ” An Elephant In The Garden”, it’s an emotional and a happy story. It’s about a young boy, who’s Mum works in an Old Nursing Home and one day she finds him talking to this old lady. She is telling him about her life when the Germans were fighting the Russians. When they were fighting there was a Zoo just behind her house and she saved an Elephant. As they ran away from the War and the bombings who were coming closer they cared for it and look after it. It still would be hard without and Elephant.


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