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Small as an Elephant (edição 2013)

por Jennifer Richard Jacobson (Autor)

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Abandoned by his mother in an Acadia National Park campground, Jack tries to make his way back to Boston before anyone figures out what is going on, with only a small toy elephant for company.
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Título:Small as an Elephant
Autores:Jennifer Richard Jacobson (Autor)
Informação:Candlewick (2013), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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Some parts were a little boring but overall it was a really good book. ( )
  AlizarinCrimson | Jan 7, 2021 |
Book on CD performed by William Dufris
3.5***

Jack Martel and his Mom have gone on a camping trip to Acadia National Park over Labor Day Weekend – a last outing before school starts. But when Jack comes out of his tent on the first morning, he notices something wrong. His Mom’s car and tent are both missing. There’s no note and she never said anything about going somewhere. So where could she be? It’s not the first time his Mom has taken off, but in the past, he’s been at home in their Boston apartment. Now he has to travel across Maine on his own, with only a small plastic elephant in his pocket as a companion.

I loved Jack. He’s resilient, intelligent, resourceful and deeply loyal to his Mom. It’s clear that she suffers from mental illness – most probably bi-polar disorder – and Jack believes he needs to protect her (and himself) from authorities who would separate them. I like the way that Jacobson writes Jack. He’s a believable eleven-year-old kid, especially given his circumstance and experience being on his own and secretive about his situation. Of course, he does come across adults and other kids who help him … sometimes unwittingly.

I also appreciated the information about elephants that began each chapter. And how those tidbits related to what happened in the story. Although, Jack’s obsession with elephants seems like something a younger child would cling to.

This is classified as children’s fiction in my library system. I think some children might find this story distressing.

William Dufris does a fine job narrating the audio version, although I did think his interpretation of Jack’s voice made him sound younger than age eleven. ( )
  BookConcierge | Oct 11, 2020 |
Eleven year old Jack Martel is looking forward to camping out with his mother over Labor Day weekend in Maine’s Acadia National Park. When he wakes up the first morning he discovers he is alone. His mother has disappeared along with the car and all their food. We learn from Jack that his mother is “spinning”, which lets the reader know she is most likely suffering from mental health issues. He's afraid the police will send his mother to jail if he calls them and that Social Services will take him away from his home. He decides to walk the 248 miles back home to Massachusetts and see if his mother is there. Jack is obsessed with elephants and decides to head in the direction of a sanctuary to see Lydia, Maine’s only elephant. Along the way he runs into several sticky situations that require him to think on his feet.

I thought this was just a lovely book. Told through the eyes of a boy who loves his mother, it also addressed mental illness in a positive light. The book is recommended for ages 10 and up but I found it quite compelling for the adult reader. You are rooting for Jack all along the journey and have the opportunity to view the world through his eyes. Each chapter begins with informative elephant quotes that show that elephants and humans share many of the same qualities.

I recommend this book to all readers for a sweet story does a great job making you feel like you are a part of the journey.
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Jack is camping in a national park near Bar Harbor, Maine with his mom when she just ups and leaves. He spends the first day coming up with scenarios of where she might be. In all of them he hopes that she will be back. By the end of day 2 he realizes that he's on his own. He keeps his sleeping bag, but dumps his tent in the woods and starts walking home, which is a 3 hour drive by car. His biggest concerns are where to get food, where to sleep, and how to avoid getting caught. One of my favorite scenes is when he ends up staying in an L.L. Bean Store overnight.

This book is a roller coaster ride of emotions. You hate the mom. You love the kid. As he's on this journey home, you just wish you could jump in the story and drive him home. As resourceful as he is, and as determined as he is, you know that this kind of thing just shouldn't happen to kids. But it does. Kids in messed up homes get neglected and left alone all the time. The saddest part for me is that he does all of this because he doesn't want to get taken from his mom and put in a foster home. His main focus is not to let anyone know that he's alone. He is very adept at lying, as most kids in these kinds of homes are.

So what's the elephant all about? Well, he loves elephants. He went to a circus once when he was young and he hated the clowns and tigers, but loved the elephants. When he eventually realizes that his home is really far, he changes course and heads for the adventure park where Lilia the elephant lives. That brings us to the title and what it means. Because the last time I looked, elephants aren't small. What it means is this author wants you to think. I love authors life that.

I really liked the book. Jack's innocence is so sweet. He defends his mom to the end. He feels like his mom's actions are out of her control because of her mental illness. Reading the book as an adult, it's hard to accept. Even with mental illness, there's a line you can't cross when it comes to kids and this mom crossed it. It's unsettling. But some of my favorite books are ones that have a dark side. They are steeped in realism, and I love that.

The only problem in this book is that something about Jack's character doesn't jive. He is so sweet and forgiving about his mom that he doesn't seem like the type of kid who would be tough enough to survive a journey home on his own. He has no money and there is a lot of problem solving that has to happen. His age is called into question too. He feels young to me. We all know how teenagers act. They tend to be mad at the world. They tend to be blamers. This kid doesn't have any of those characteristics. If I had to give him an age I would say 9, but he's more like 12.

Final thoughts. There is a lot of adventure. Everything turns out ok. Sort of. He realizes that he actually has a loving grandmother. His mom still has mental illness. It doesn't feel like anything has changed in his life other than his grandmother stepping in. But really, you get the feeling like this type of fiasco will likely happen all over again. Sigh. ( )
  valorrmac | May 15, 2018 |
Jack is an eleven year old boy who was on a camping trip with his mom. When he woke up from his tent one morning to begin the list of adventures his mom made, he realized she was gone. Again! Jack spent the next week going to all
Lengths protect his mom. This story shows the unconditional love a child has for a parent... even when the parent needs more guidance than the child. ( )
  mpettit7974 | Dec 21, 2017 |
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Elephants can sense danger. They're able to detect an approaching tsunami or earthquake before it hits. Unfortunately, Jack did not have this talent. The day his life was turned completely upside down, he was caught unaware.
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