Written by Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Yoko Tanaka. First edition, 2009. Candlewick Press.
Kate DiCamillo (1964 - ) was awarded a Newbery Medal for The Tale of Despereaux. We also love DiCamillo as the author of Because of Winn-Dixie (Newbery Honor), Flora & Ulysses (Newbery Medal), and the Mercy Watson series (Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book)
"What if? Why not? Could it be?
"When a fortuneteller's tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her?
"The fortuneteller's mysterious answer (An elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that Peter can hardly dare to believe it.
"But it is - all of it - true."
Artist Yoko Tanaka described feeling as she read the book "as though I had just watched a breathtaking play on stage. The writing is so poetic and the atmosphere, dark but warm, is one that I feel so comfortable writing in."
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Condition: Fine/Very Good. Dust jacket: Small closed tear along the back edge accompanied by a small area of wrinkling; minor edge wear.
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