Queenie: One Elephant's Story

Queenie: One Elephant's Story

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The true story of one of the most famous elephants of all time: Queenie, the gentle Indian elephant. Evoking a time when elephants were giving rides in zoos all around the world, the true story of Queenie follows her from her birth in an Indian jungle to Australia's Melbourne Zoo, where she lived for more than forty years, giving rides to children. Thousands of kids loved Queenie, celebrated her birthday, and sent her letters. But in an event still not fully understood, Queenie crushed one of her keepers in late 1944. Was she mistreated or bored? Was it an accident? No one knows, but zoos have changed since Queenie's time. Plainspoken and honest, this gentle account shows the good, the bad, and the evolution of zoo philosophy. Queenie's story is a thought-provoking steppingstone for discussion of a complex, difficult topic.
Back matter includes an author's note.
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Product details

  • 6-8
  • Hardback | 24 pages
  • 241 x 267 x 13mm | 431g
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, color
  • 0763663751
  • 9780763663759
  • 193,213

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Gouldthorpe's realistic illustrations and Fenton's carefully researched history give this tale due poignancy.
--The New York Times Book Review Hauntingly beautiful illustrations capture the time period and the affection and admiration bestowed upon [Queenie].
--School Library Journal All the tenderness, respect and fascination that people feel for zoo animals--and some of the cruelty that people inflict, too--resides in the pages of Queenie, a lovely, elegiac picture book... Peter Gouldthorpe's illustrations of Queenie's story are deceptively powerful...
--Wall Street Journal
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About Corinne Fenton

Corinne Fenton is the author of more than fifteen children's books, but Queenie: One Elephant's Story is her first picture book. She is the Victorian coordinator of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Sydney. Peter Gouldthorpe is recognized as one of Australia's most versatile and skillful illustrators. He has received many awards and commendations for his work, including the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award for Gary Crew's First Light. He lives in Tasmania.
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Rating details

65 ratings
3.87 out of 5 stars
5 22% (14)
4 49% (32)
3 25% (16)
2 5% (3)
1 0% (0)
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