Small as an Elephant

Jennifer Jacobson


The book starts off simple with a story of what seems like a normal family of an eleven year old and his single mother. They are on the way to a campground and an argument is taking place. They get to the campground and everything is going good until the boy wakes up to a empty campsite. All that is left is him, his tent, and 14 dollars. The rest of the book is his journey home and his internal struggle of him wondering whether he will ever be able to forgive his mother.
The main character Jack is 11 years old and shy of his 5th grade school year. He is struggling with many internal and external throughout this book. His biggest internal struggles are wondering if he will ever be able to forgive his mother for abandoning him and his other struggle would be the simple will to live! Through out the book you learn more and more about his background story that seems to explain it all.
This book drew my attention because the title puzzled me, how could something be as small as an elephant? Then as i read it intrigued me and was never short of a shocker. It is a true page turner and it is hard to put down!
Jennifer Jacobson, a former primary school teacher, is the author of fourteen children books, including the award-winning Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle. Jennifer received her bachelor's degree in early childhood education from Lesley College and her master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jennifer lives in an antique Cape in Maine and, when she is not writing, enjoys hiking and snowshoeing with her Jack Russell terrier.