Karen J. (Bremerton, WA)
I am truly puzzled. I had really looked forward to this book having read two others of similar bent and thoroughly enjoyed them. However, this story never engaged me emotionally and that is what I was looking for. I don't know why, it just didn't. I'll be interested to see if other reviewers' had similar reactions or if it's just me.
Laura K. (Middletown, NJ)
Good Coming-of-Age Story
The Elephant Keeper is a coming-of-age story about two elephants in England and their young keeper. The author does a wonderful job of personifying the elephants, I really cared about what would happen to them! A well written, compelling story...it will change how you feel about zoos and their inhabitants!
Sharon V. (Chicago, IL)
The Elephant Keeper
This is really a story in a story. Tom, the boy, has been asked to write about the elephants he keeps, Jenny and Timothy. He struggles at first because he doesnt know many facts about Indian elephants. The story he eventually writes, The History of the Elephant focuses on his relationship with the elephants - a timeless love story of truth and beauty and sadness.
Many of the characters are not portrayed in a flattering light and this is shown in the manner in which they treat Jenny. The main theme is the lack of understanding of the elephants by humans. The exception to this is Tom, whose understanding of Jenny is so innate that he almost seems to be part elephant.
Although the plot lagged, the prose was lovely and the authors message was clear.
Patricia S. (New Canaan, CT)
A man and his elephant
Although the book started off slowly for me, I was quickly drawn to the sensitive portrayal of Tom Page and the elephant he cared for, lived with, and talked to as one might talk to a close friend. Jenny provided a full life for Tom in 18th Century England as he taught her many "tricks" that brought enjoyment to all who knew her. As the book went on, Tom's love for Jenny brought me to a greater understanding of pachyderms. You can't help but feel empathy for this twosome.
Judy K. (Conroe, TX)
The Elephant Keeper is a Keeper!
This will have to go down as one of my favorite books ever. I read it almost straight through. I kept thinking Id put it down, but then
just one more chapter. I got so caught up in Toms story, Jennys story, and the evolution of their bond and of Toms character. The book reminded me of stories I read and loved in my youth, but it is not a childrens book at all. Its a book about love, devotion, patience and endurance. Not to be missed.