October 19, 2010

Magic and love

The Magician's Elephant
by Kate DiCamillo

When he sees the fortuneteller's tent, Peter Augustus Duchene knows a question he must ask: How can he find his sister? "You must follow the elephant," he is told. "She will lead you there." To say more would give away too much of the story and deprive the reader of its magic. It is a quiet story, with mysterious pictures. It asks three things of the reader: What if? and Why not? and Could it possibly be? And reminds the reader that magic is impossible, truth is forever changing, and anything can happen.

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