Faithful Elephants: A True Story of Animals, People, and War

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 32 pages
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A zoo keeper recounts the story of John, Tonky, and Wanly, three performing elephants that were starved to death at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo during World War II, and of their keepers, who weep and pray that the war will end so their beloved elephants might be saved. "A moving and powerful statement about the insanity of war".--"Horn Book". Full color.

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A wonderful read-aloud. My 11th grade English teacher read this aloud and I was sobbing on my desk. I read it aloud during a "lock-down" and my students were similarly affected. Sad, sad, sad. Read full review

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This was an excellent book for three reasons. First, the language throughout the book is very descriptive and engaging. It allows readers to visualize what is occurring in the story and conveys ... Read full review

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Ted Lewin grew up in Buffalo, New York, with two brothers, one sister, two parents, a lion, an iguana, and a chimpanzee. He became interested in art as a young boy when he would draw his brothers' world of wrestling. Ted later worked as a professional wrestler to finance his studies at the Pratt Institute of Fine Arts, where he met his wife, Betsy Lewin, also a children's book writer and illustrator. He and his wife travel around the world to research the settings for their books. While working on SACRED RIVER, which he both wrote and illustrated, Ted joined thousands of Hindus on their pilgrimage to the banks of the Ganges River in Benares, India. Ted now lives and works in the brownstone he shares with his wife and their two cats in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit

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