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The Magician's Elephant
by Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old Peter Augustus Duchene lived with an old, rather unbalanced soldier who was training him to become "a soldier brave and true." But Peter's father had been killed in the war and his mother died years ago, the day his baby sister was born. Still, Peter had his dreams of finding the infant...even though his guardian assured him that she is dead. How old would his sister be now?

Desperate to confirm that his sister was still alive, he visited a fortuneteller. "Your sister lives," he is told.

"But if she lives, where is she? How can I find her?" Peter asked.

The fortuneteller's answer sounded like a joke. "You must follow the elephant." After all, there were no elephants for thousands of miles from his little town. "The truth is ever changing" was her only explanation.

The truth would indeed change that night when a magician performed the most spectacular magic of his life. He waved his wand, and an elephant fell through the roof of the opera house. An elephant? A real elephant!

But, who would tell Peter? Would he ever learn if his sister was alive or dead? Would she be able to lead Peter to his sister?

And what happened to the noblewoman who happened to be UNDER the elephant when she fell? Was the magician blamed?

So began an intriguing tale of dark despair and brightening hope, leading from a fortuneteller to an opera house to a catherdral to a prison. What do you think happens to Peter and those who are in his path?

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Newbery-Winning Author Kate DiCamillo
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Magic Tricks
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Wikipedia: Magic and Illusion
For Christian Families and Schools: Miracles or Magic?


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A 33-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo is now available!

The Kids Wings Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Vocabulary List
Vocabulary 5-In-A-Row Game
Making Connections: Before Reading Quick Writes and Predict/Read/Confirm Chapter Questions
Character Studies
Writing a Diamante Poem
Illustrating the Event at the Bliffendorf Opera House Story
Activities for Visualizing the Chapters through Drawing
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities
Crossword Puzzle: Character Connections
Comic Strip Summarization (Visualizing Events)
Choosing the Best Summary for Chapters 9, 10, 11

Recalling, Analyzing, and Writing About the Events, Chapters 14-20
The Procession, Illustrating and Describing
Research: The Dimensions of an Elephant
Writing Prompts
Answer Keys

Plus, an interactive Jeopardy-type game!



 

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