It’s 1944. Elizabeth's father is fighting with the German army on the eastern front. Her mother works at Dresden zoo, where her favourite animal is a young elephant named Marlene. When the zoo director tells her the dangerous animals must be shot to prevent them running amok when the town is bombed, Elizabeth's mother moves Marlene into the back garden to save her….and then the bombs start to fall.
Their home destroyed, Elizabeth and her family must flee the bombed-out city and through the wintery landscape, all the while avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough, without an elephant in tow….
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I wouldn't listen to it again - but I think my children would. We listened to it on a long car journey & it was engaging & exciting.
Hearing about WW2 from the side of German civilians - prompted some interesting family discussions.
No I haven't heard anything else she's narrated.
The incredible story of an Elephant in war torn Germany!
A great story for children & adults!