The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Yoko Tanaka
(Candlewick Press, 2009, 201 pages)
The Magician’s Elephant is a story about a ten year old boy named Peter who lost his parents and sister. He is being raised by a man who served in the military with his father in the small town of Baltese. He is not completely convinced that his sister has died. He discovers that a fortune teller has set up a tent in the town square and decides to ask her a question that he needs to know the answer to… is his sister still alive? She tells him that not only is she alive but an elephant is going to be the one to show him the way to her. Although the news does not make much sense to him, he is determined to figure out exactly what she meant.
I read this book along with my eight year old son. It was a little over his reading level but nonetheless it was such a delightful story it was well worth the time and effort he put into reading it. We both thought it was a magically delightful story about the power of forgiveness and the importance of love for family and friends. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for story to share with young readers so they can have an understanding that anything is possible and to never lose hope.