Small as an Elephant Paperback – 9 Apr 2013
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Jack's journey to a new kind of family is inspiring and never sappy
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
--Horn Book Jennifer Richard Jacobson's nuanced and heart-wrenching middle-grade novel, Small as an Elephant, gives a quiet force to one resilient boy and his mentally ill mother.
--Bookpage A classic journey story, this is a very believable and exciting adventure with modern accoutrements.
--Library Media Connection A near-perfect mix of poignancy, humor, and masterful writing make for an unforgettable journey.
--Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Jennifer Richard Jacobson is the author of several books for children and young adult readers, including the Andy Shane early chapter books, illustrated by Abby Carter. She lives in Cumberland, Maine.
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Not just a children's book so please give it a chance.
You can see my review via the link below
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This is the story of Jack, and eleven-year-old from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, who finds himself alone at a campground in Maine. His mother suffers from mental illness and has abandoned him. Jack knows that if he tells anyone about this, he will most likely be taken from his mother, and since this has happened before, he decides to try to find her before doing anything else. After discovering that his mother is not accessible, he decides to try to make it home. Once he realizes just how far away home is, he decides to do something that he hopes will let his mom know he forgives her. His struggles to get enough to eat, find a decent place to sleep, keep him from admitting that he and his mother need help. But eventually, Jack receives the help he needs.
Some reviewers think the parts about the elephants are not necessary, but I disagree. Jack's love of elephants and the small plastic elephant he carries for most of his journey, help Jack complete his journey. Maybe it's because I have a similar passion for horses that I can understand Jack's passion and his clinging to that passion to avoid thinking about his mother's abandonment and the feelings that go with it. Yes, Jack does sometimes behave both older and younger than his age, but having worked with kids his age as well as younger and older, I can say that while some kids mature faster than others, but they all have moments of contradictory behavior (like many adults, too). In addition, sadly enough there are all to many children in the world who have to learn to take care of themselves far earlier than they should. I found this book an interesting, empathy-inducing read.
"Small as a elephant" is about a boy named Jack. His mother leave' s him with only $14 a tent, sleeping bag,change of clothes, and backpack, NO FOOD,NO WATER,nothing . He take a terrorist hike from Maine to Jamaica plain,MA but first he has to make one stop. Lydia an elephant. She's not just an elephant she's the only elephant in Maine. He just has to see.
Jack must steal work and lie to get to Lydia and get home. His BFF Nina thinks somethings wrong when he says to her on YOUPAGE when he stops at Bar Harbour (one of the place his mom said they had to go it was on the list).
So if you are looking for a page turner and adventurer than this is the right book for you. You may even cry and for the men that think oh am not going to cry YOU MOST LIKELY WILL!!
This story delves into the complicated relationship between Jack and his mother, something he has always dealt with and also about his fascination with elephants. Each chapter start of with some fact about elephants, which I found very interesting.