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An Elephant in the Garden is a children's historical fiction novel, written by Michael Morpurgo, and published in 2010.

Germany, 1945. Elizabeth, Karli and their mother are in Dresden when the Allied bombs begin to fall. Their home destroyed, they must flee the ruined city 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 to look after...

Reader's Reviews


I found this book very interesting. Usually we just look at the British side of World War 2 but this book is from the point of the Germans. The book is very exciting and you won't want to put it down. You'll want to find out what happens next! Michael Morpurgo is a very good author and you should read some of his other books like Shadow.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 11+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 11+

The main story is actually told by an elderly woman in an old people's home. The book follows refugees from Dresden, Germany, during World War II, and thus deals with some potentially upsetting wartime issues. It is hinted towards the end that the main character is falling in love, but in a suitable way.

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