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The Elephant’s Child
Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK. This includes asking them to kill Meya! This is an amazing story of a boy, an elephant and a rebel army, which forces children to join. This novel made me cry and laugh but never made me too sad. It makes me think about animal poaching and betrayal.
I think almost anyone should read it but I would recommend it to late primary school and early secondary school. The cover for this novel is amazing.
It captures the essence of the story. I think it will make people pick it up! This is a novel that will stay with me forever. There are also gorgeous illustrations which accompany the story of Bat and his elephant. As always though life does not go to plan and as Bat and the elephant grow up their lives change through many twists and turns, some which are heart wrenching and quite distressing at times and can be tough to read.
It's heavy on the realism when you realise that things like this are happening, very informative. Jun 04, Sally Flint rated it really liked it Shelves: childeren-s-literature. This was the last book left on the Carnegie Short List I had to go and what a great read it is. The writer managed to create a wonderful evocative sense of the beauty of Africa whilst showing the plight and innocence of child soldiers. The story is fiction, but the backdrop of Joseph Kony and the child soldier situation in Uganda is real.
Reading this is a great introduction and easy way to understand more about the situation. The characters were quite simply drawn, but despite this it was so ea This was the last book left on the Carnegie Short List I had to go and what a great read it is.
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The characters were quite simply drawn, but despite this it was so easy to empathise with and care for them. The bond between the elephant and the human was beautifully portrayed. I am not an animal person, but I was left utterly convinced by the majesty, humility, intelligence and caring nature of the elephants.
I really loved this book and would be thrilled if it was the Carnegie Winner. Having said that it has been a bumper crop this year. Jan 14, Sally rated it liked it Shelves: ya. I wouldn't have picked this one up usually, but it was long listed for an award I follow so I added it to my pile! I was actually pleasantly surprised. I think the publishers should have branded this book differently as the cobver and title make it look like a Michael Morpurgo book which is aimed at a younger audience. The stiry was good though, and realistic too. It does w I wouldn't have picked this one up usually, but it was long listed for an award I follow so I added it to my pile!
It does work out for some, but not all so the hardships of the society that the characters live in along with the landscape are not brushed over lightly. It is a good way of alerting folk to the terrors of Kony's rule in Uganda along with opening a debate about how Ugandan communities live in harmony with thier environment. All in all, it was good but nothing that blew my socks off. Feb 05, Stephen Palmer rated it really liked it. Aimed at a young-to-YA audience, this novel is set in a modern Africa of tribal communities and elephant poachers.
Main character Bat rescues an orphaned baby elephant, which, as he grows up, grows alongside him. Eventually the inevitable happens, and Bat is left to live his life without his elephant friend. However, in the second main section of the novel things get a little more unpleasant, with the return of poachers. This is a good book, which I enjoyed reading. I was quite surprised in a fe Aimed at a young-to-YA audience, this novel is set in a modern Africa of tribal communities and elephant poachers. I was quite surprised in a few places at the density of the prose - which seemed aimed at an older audience - and also at various POV changes that are unflagged, and require going back to re-read.
As an evocation of Africa, and of childhood and the perils of life as an older person, this is a great read.
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Apr 16, Meredith Fletcher rated it did not like it Shelves: review-done , dnf. Please note: I didn't finsih this book as I couldn't carry on because I really didn't like the book This story is about Bat who lives in a small village in Kenya with his grandmother. The story begins with Bat witnessing poachers cutting away at an elephants tusks. Bat finds the elephants baby and looks after it until it is too big to stay in the village.
About halfway through the book Bat and Muka are abducted and have to live with the rebel army. My favourite character was Lobo as I felt he had Please note: I didn't finsih this book as I couldn't carry on because I really didn't like the book This story is about Bat who lives in a small village in Kenya with his grandmother. My favourite character was Lobo as I felt he had quite a unsettled personality as if he didn't know himself as a person and why he was doing some of the things he did.
I think that the book was to draggy and detailed and definatley could have done with some editing. I felt the storyline was quite boring as there wasn't a lot going on. A nice book for those that like animal stories though. Oct 08, Ramona rated it it was amazing. This is a truly beautiful book. I have chosen it this year for our school's 'Whole School Read' which is , itself the biggest compliment I could give as I am recommending it to all our students and our entire staff.
The book starts with a rifle shot, out in the savannah. It is heard by a young boy, Bat, who knows straight away this is a sign of something not good. He finds a baby elephant and at first you are captured by his love and affection for this young elephant thinking it may be a lovle This is a truly beautiful book.
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He finds a baby elephant and at first you are captured by his love and affection for this young elephant thinking it may be a lovley story about animals- which it is- but it is so much more. The story is about friendship, great sacrifice, love. It is also about war and the brutality of it. It has a story within the first story but I don't want to spoil it I promise you will enjoy it. Sep 15, Ellie rated it it was amazing Shelves: kids-books. What an incredible book! I have to be honest, after reading the blurb I was feeling fairly sceptical.
I'm not a huge fan of animal friendship books. However, this was so much more than that. The characters were all superbly written, and hugely likeable, though the star of the show was of course Meya the elephant.
sarrockmingdimatt.tk The author really brought her to life, and she stole the show. My main reason for liking it, though, was the child soldier plot. This made it very different from all other books in this What an incredible book! This made it very different from all other books in this genre. It was very realistic, and I loved the way she didn't tone anything down. Both heartbreaking and uplifting , this is a definite gem of a read! Nov 03, Rachel rated it it was amazing Shelves: i-m-a-kids-bookseller , This is an amazing book that'd i'd encourage everyone to read, and have been massively recommending it too.
As far as in concerned any book that opens up peoples minds and takes them to places and situations they knew nothing to little about is a winner, and this does exactly that. When you read it you are transported into that world, where life isnt easy like we have it here and at times horrendous things happen to good people. I dont think its any good recommending away from books like this, a This is an amazing book that'd i'd encourage everyone to read, and have been massively recommending it too.
I dont think its any good recommending away from books like this, as quite simply, it's life. People should be aware of this stuff. It envokes tears and giggles and sometimes a mixture. Perfect for fans of Gill Lewis and Morpurgo. Brilliant and touching. Mar 21, Yellowoasis rated it liked it Shelves: , carnegie-shortlist I could tell from the foreshadowing at the start that this book was going to be both a weepy and a look at the brutality of children being taken as soldiers.
I guess my discomfort was tha I could tell from the foreshadowing at the start that this book was going to be both a weepy and a look at the brutality of children being taken as soldiers. It was also too long and would probably have been a better book if sections had been tightened up. Aug 12, Tanja rated it really liked it Shelves: chn-realistic-fiction. Haunting, thought-provoking novel allowing insights into the gruesome world of child soldiers in war-torn African countries. It is also the touching and heart-warming tale of a special relationship between a young boy and a wild elephant.