The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

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On a quiet morning in 1896, in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant were born. The boy was named Bram, the elephant was named Modoc. Bram was the son of a local elephant handler, and even as a child he showed signs of becoming a master handler. Modoc grew impressively beyond anyone's imagination--exceptional intelligence, massive size, and a gentleness surpassing that of even the kindest elephants. The two were raised as siblings, and when news came that the circus was being sold, thirteen-year-old Bram did the only thing he could imagine: he stowed away to be with Modoc.
Publisher: New York : HarperPerennial, 1998, ©1997.
Edition: 1st HarperPerennial ed.
ISBN: 9780060929510
Branch Call Number: 791.3 HELFER 1998
Characteristics: viii, 325 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Apr 22, 2016

I absolutely loved this book! I read it years ago, and the story stayed with me so much that I read it again.

Mar 04, 2016

This is an awesome book! I loved it so much that I have my own copy. I was so taken in by the story of Modoc that I couldn't put the book down. Loved it!!!

Oct 03, 2015

I wanted to ask if this book was written mainly for adults or if it could be enjoyed also by a 10-year-old child.
Thanks for your great reviews and help.
Sharon M.

Mar 27, 2014

I LOVED THIS BOOK. I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more and then could barely get through to the end. What an amazing story. If it was fiction, it would be amazing but it is the true story of an elephant named Modoc and her companion since birth, Bram. I wish this wasn't the end........... After some research, I can't find out anything about the two main characters. And according to some other reviews, it may not be a true story but a collection of stories about other elephants combined into one story. Whatever, it is still an amazing book and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading about animals and the people who love them.

Aug 28, 2013

One of the most enjoyable books I've had the pleasure of reading. I would include another powerful story about the human spirit. "The Power of One" by Bryce Courtney.


sharonb122 Mar 24, 2012

I loved this well-written book! It had everything a person could want in a novel: adventure, sustense, travel, history, pathos, heroism, amazing coincidence and romance. I just had to keep reminding myself that it was all true! A great read especially for those who appreciate animals.
~Sharon Bullmer

Apr 11, 2009

Incredible and touching!


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