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Seeing the Elephant

A Story of the Civil War

Pat Hughes; Pictures by Ken Stark

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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.

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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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Pat Hughes; Pictures by Ken Stark

  • 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.
  • Pat Hughes
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Seeing the Elephant

A Story of the Civil War

Pat Hughes; Pictures by Ken Stark

NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
  • Hardcover

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