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.
The 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 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 realiz