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Seeing the Elephant

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Seeing the Elephant

A Story of the Civil War

By Pat Hughes; Ken Stark (Illustrator)

Farrar Straus Giroux, Hardcover, 9780374380243, 40pp.

Publication Date: September 18, 2007


Young Izzie wishes he could join the Union Army with his brothers, Ario and Cal. He wonders what it would be like to "see the elephant" soldier talk for going into battle for the first time. But it seems the closest Izzie will ever get to battle is visiting wounded soldiers at a Washington, D.C., hospital, where his aunt works as an Army nurse. When Izzie meets a wounded Rebel soldier who will soon be sent to prison, he realizes that the war may not be as simple as he once believed, and "seeing the elephant" takes on a whole new meaning.

Based on family history, Pat Hughes's beautifully crafted story is complemented by Ken Stark's exceptional watercolor paintings.

Seeing the Elephant is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author
PAT HUGHES is the author of two historical novels. She lives outside Philadelphia. KEN STARK has written and/or illustrated three previous picture books. He lives in southwestern Wisconsin.

Praise For Seeing the Elephant

"Effective . . . This will leave readers with the insight that no side in a conflict has a lock on right or wrong."Kirkus Reviews