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Modoc : The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived - Ralph Helfer

Modoc

The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived

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Published: 29th July 1998
For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
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Spanning several decades and three continents, "Modoc" is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again; through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City. "

Modoc" is a captivating true story of loyalty, friendship, and high adventure, to be treasured by animal lovers everywhere.

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Modoc
 
4.7

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

  • Deserves multiple readings (3)
  • Easy to understand (3)
  • Inspirational (3)
  • Well written (3)

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4.0

Delightful and moving story

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
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    Comments about Modoc:

    Wonderful story, factual but emotive, without being over the top.Tissues needed though!

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    5.0

    i loved modoc

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    from Shepparton, victoria

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    Pros

    • Beautifully Told
    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Heartwarming
    • Informative
    • Inspirational
    • Relevant
    • Well Written

    Cons

    • Nothing

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Holiday reading
    • Travel Reading

    Comments about Modoc:

    I loved Modoc. I read it in a day and then re-read it so many times. I was given Modoc for my birthday and I have let all my friends read it and most of them have gone and bought themselves a copy.
    A definite MUST read!!!

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    5.0

    Beautiful Story

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    from brisbane

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Understand
    • Inspirational
    • Well Written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gift
      • Travel Reading

      Comments about Modoc:

      I was given the book to read by my neighbor, and couldn't put it down. So I had to buy my own copy! I have passed it to family and friends, everyone has enjoyed it! Definitely read this book, it's wonderful.

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      The simply astonishing, exhilarating story - complete with high adventure, betrayal, and resurrection - of Modoc, elephant extraordinaire, told by Heifer (The Beauty of the Beasts, 1990). They were born on the same day, a hundred years back, in a Black Forest village: Bram Gunterstein, son of a circus animal trainer, and Modoc, an Indian elephant headed for big-top life with the Wunderzircus, a provincial troupe. Their love for each other develops early, when Bram is just a toddler and Modoc a youthful one-ton package, and Bram's father on his deathbed councils Brain to watch after Modoc. That he does, and the tribulations and pleasures they share defy the imagination: The circus is sold out from under Bram to the sinister Mr. North; Bram stows away on the vessel transporting Modoc, leaving behind the girl of his dreams; discovered, Bram wins over the captain, but the ship sinks during a hurricane; Modoc and Bram float to the shores of India, where Bram learns further tools of the trade at the maharaja's elephantarium; there he lives in a teak-built compound, tends to Modoc, and is honored to have an audience with the sacred white elephant; he woos and wins a woman from the village but is warned that North is on his trail. He strikes out with Modoc to the teak plantations of Burma, is captured by rebels, loses his wife, confronts North, journeys to the US and fashions a spectacular show for Modoc, wins back his earlier love, only to have the elephant sold out from under him again. Heifer (an animal trainer by trade) happens across Modoc and buys him in the 1970s, then Bram appears yet again. The story is told with a heart-tugging warmth that, granted, at times slips into Disney mode, but that feels credible: There is, amazingly enough, a truthful tang to the picaresque proceedings. One glorious pachyderm and one cracking story. (Kirkus Reviews)

      ISBN: 9780060929510
      ISBN-10: 0060929510
      Audience: General
      For Ages: 12 - 17 years old
      For Grades: 7 - 12
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 352
      Published: 29th July 1998
      Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
      Country of Publication: US
      Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 15.1  x 2.1
      Weight (kg): 0.27