3 Children’s Books that are Not Just for Children

Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 by Pets_and_Animals

I recently read three children's books that are not only entertaining and insightful for children, but as an adult, I also found them extremely heartwarming and thought provoking.

An Elephant in the GardenThe first is An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo.  This story is loosely based on a true incident that happened during World War II in Dresden, Germany.  The story is told through the eyes of a girl whose mother works at the Dresden Zoo.  Towards the end of the war, when the Allies started bombing Germany, there was a directive at the zoo that if they were bombed, all the large animals in the zoo had to be destroyed so they wouldn’t escape and harm people.  The mother’s favorite animal was the elephant, so she brought the elephant home with her, rather than destroy it.  It was a very interesting story because you don’t usually think about zoo animals being casualties of war.                                            

The One and Only IvanThe second book is The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate.  This story is written through the eyes of Ivan who is a gorilla who lives in a small roadside zoo.  All he has ever known is life in his little cage, until one day he realizes he once had a life outside where he was free.  He tries to deny that other life and believes his life in his cage is all he needs. Then one day he meets a baby elephant who is so full of life he decides he needs to get her out of that environment and find a place for her where she can thrive and live her life to the fullest. It’s a very heartwarming story about doing a completely unselfish act for the good of someone else.


Flawed Dogs, the NovelThe last book is Flawed Dogs, the Novel by Berkley Breathed and it was the most entertaining.  The story