An Elephant In The Garden

Dresden, Germany, 1945. Elizabeth’s mother works at the zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. The zoo director tells her that the dangerous animals – including the elephants – must be shot before the city is bombed. But then the bombs start to fall. Their home destroyed, they flee the city, avoiding the Russian troops approaching from the East, and the advancing Allied forces from the West. As refugees in war-torn Europe, their escape is hard enough, but with an elephant in tow … Morpurgo’s vivid, moving story resonates with the plight of refugees and displaced people fleeing wars around the world today.

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