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

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Description

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 an editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and lives in Pennsylvania. Pat has published two middle-grade historical novels; "Open Ice" is Pat's first novel for young adults. "From the Hardcover edition."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

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