Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Maggie, Alaska's Last Elephant - Children's Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Elephants are social animals. Maggie and Annabelle used to live together at the Alaska Zoo. But after Annabelle died, Maggie was all alone. For years, zookeepers tried to keep her happy (and warm). But ultimately they sent Maggie to live at a sanctuary (PAWS). Now she is happy and at home with her new herd of other elephants. This is a heartwarming story of how zoos ensure the best for the animals in their care—even if the best is not at their zoo.


My Review:

A Spring 2018 release from Arbordale Publishing, Maggie, Alaska's Last Elephant starts out somewhat sad.  It tells of two elephants who live in a zoo and keep each other company.  Unfortunately, one of the elephants dies and the other is left feeling sad.  She befriends a tire.

Maggie, the remaining elephant, gets sick one day and it's determined that she needs to be moved to a warm place with her own kind.  In order for this to happen, Maggie had to learn how to stay still in a large crate while it was flown on a plane.  Once the elephant was transferred to PAWS, a rescue group, she was encouraged to rebuild her strength and meet other elephants.  The story has a happy ending, with Maggie being acquainted with animals of the same kind and being much happier in her new home.

Although this book has colored illustrations, the story itself is based on true events.  It's a story that tells the process in which Maggie was transported from the zoo to her new home.  There's details on how Maggie is introduced to the new place and the new elephants.  Readers will also learn what elephants like and how they behave.

The "For Creative Minds" section in the back of the book, after the story, goes into detail about elephant herds and elephants in zoos.  There's also an informative Q & A with Maggie's current keeper, Michelle Harvey.




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47 comments:

Lauryn Rescoe said...

Elephants are definitely one of my favorite animals to see at the zoo! They are so amazing! I was actually able to ride one as a kid, and it was a memory I will cherish forever. :) I also love watching the monkeys, they are so funny!

Mia Rose said...

We enjoy watching the penguins.

Christa Bengtsson said...

My favorite animal at the zoo is the tigers. I love big cats( and small ones...lol).

LesleyfromWI said...

I love to see the bears at the zoo

mkjmc said...

We love to see the lions and atigers

Wendy Browne said...

The elephants at the Houston Zoo make me sad. They just don't seem to have enough room. I do like the bats!

Jan Lee said...

Elephants are my favorite animal at the zoo. I say this every time I'm asked this question :)

Peggy said...

I like the monkeys.

Jessica Beard said...

Giraffes and elephants are my two favorites. I wish our local zoo had them.

SueZH said...

I like watching the big cats. They are so graceful. But I wouldn't want to meet them in the wild.

Darlene said...

My favorite thing to see is the monkeys.

Antoinette M said...

I like the elephants.

Ken Ohl said...

I love the Gorillas

aperry said...

I like chimpanzees.

Kristen said...

I love giraffes.

Laurie Nykaza said...

I love Elephants they are my favorite animal

Princess Rainbow Shy said...

love the penguins and sea otters

David B said...

penguins

slb3334 said...

I like the monkeys.

alissa apel said...

I like the giraffe's. Their patterns and long necks are just so cool! They also seem so gentle.

Nancy said...

I like to watch giraffes as well as seals.

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Unknown said...

I love to watch the big cats at the zoo! I also love the elephants
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Leela said...

I like seeing the parrots.

Jana Leah B said...

I love to see the turtles.

Anne Higgins said...

penguins, elephants, are among our favorite

Cassandra D. said...

The Zebra.

Linda said...

we love to go to the zoo. My favorite part is watching the monkeys.

Susan Smoaks said...

the lions are my favorite. i love them.

dlhaley said...

Elephants are my favorite zoo animals.

Natosha Miller said...

I love the tigers at the zoo and really any big cat or monkey ☺.

iggysaysno said...

We like to see the eagles.

saturdaynightfever said...

A puffin!

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Jennifer Herman said...

I like the seals.

John Herman said...

I like the tigers.

dvice12 said...

We like to see sea lions

KimsBlog said...

monkeys : )

Kathy Pease said...

I love to see monkeys at the zoo

Yalanda Woods said...

I love the sea lions but my son lights up when he sees big animals like the elephant

Philip Lawrence said...

My favorite animal to visit at the zoo is the gorilla.

Edye Nicole said...

I love elephants!

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mirka07 said...

Monkey is one of our favorites to see in the zoo!

Vikki Billings said...

I love to see the Polar Bear at the zoo...they are so cool!

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Sand said...

I always like the tigers!

James Coyne said...

I like the giraffes

Floof Penguin said...

Definitely the penguins!!

Kim N said...

Our favorite is the polar bears!

Sandy Adams said...

I think my favorite are the giraffes.