'' The Magician's Elephant ''

By: Kate Dicamillo 201 pages

About the book

"The Magician's Elephant" is a magical book with magical characters, events, conflicts, and takes place in the imaginary city of Baltese. The book shows the point of view of all characters and is told by an anonymous narrator. Peter Augustus Duchene, the main character, lives with an old soldier named Vilna Lutz. His parents died and he had to live in an apartment with hardly any food. One day he was sent to go get fish for him and the soldier, but instead he spent the money on a fortune teller! The fortune teller had told him that he would find his sister through an elephant, but Vilna Lutz had told him that she never lived. Then, an elephant crashes through an apartment and crushes an old nobel women. The Magician that owned the elephant is blamed and so is the elephant. Peter doesn't know who to believe, the soldier, or fortune teller! Does Peter's sister live and if so, will he be able to find her?

"Do you believe in magic?"

The theme of the book is to never give up on something.

In the book Peter Augustus Dechene is determined to find his sister. During his journey to find her, Vilna Lutz, his guardian, keeps on telling him that she doesn't live and that he won't find her. Peter believes that she lives, so he does everything he can to try to find her. This should tell you to never give up on something you believe in.


How does the theme relate to my life? The theme of the book can relate to my life in many ways. The theme can teach me to persevere, and it can teach me to not always listen to other people that tell me something that I don't believe in. The theme doesn't only teach me things, It can also relate to my life because I usually don't give up on things easily. Sometimes my siblings or friends will say that I can't do something, so I work hard and am determined to show them that I can. It feels good after you work hard and not give up on something. As you can see, the theme of the book relates to my life in different ways and could probably relate to yours too!