The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo is a story about a boy who thinks his sister has died long ago. But when he goes to a fortune teller, he is told that Adele is alive and he should follow the elephant. But where is a poor boy going to find an elephant? His story is what happens how and when he finds the Magician's Elephant. This is a book on about the third grade or fourth grade reading level.
The Tale of Despereaux is one of my favorite Literature Circle books, and I also love reading it aloud. Visit this page for more Fantasy books for Literature Circles and to read recommendations by other teachers.
December 30, 2015: This book is so interesting and so full of symbolism and good vocabulary. There was some disconcerting content regarding a lack of actual truth, but other than that I thought it was a great book.
Kate DiCamillo's writing process. WOW! Great clip for my kiddos since they read Edward Tulane last year and are familiar with her. Want to hit the points she makes on setting a goal (writing 2 pages a day) and double spacing for editing and revising!!!